Biohazard Material Spills


Most spills involving infectious agents and recombinant DNA materials can be effectively handled by researchers. Supplies to properly clean a spill must be available in any lab that works with or stores biohazardous materials.

Recommended Supplies

  • An appropriate disinfectant which works against the agents of concern. Examples: microorganisms or human-derived materials. For clean-up of larger spills, alcohol is not recommended due to flammability concerns.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) including a lab coat or gown, and disposable nitrile exam gloves. Safety glasses, a face shield and shoe covers may be required.
  • sharps containers for collection of broken glass
  • absorbent material such as bench liners or paper towels
  • tongs to pick up broken glass
  • autoclave bags