Biosafety life science/laboratory decontamination

Thursday, 01 October, 2020 | Supplied by: Biosafety Pty Ltd

Decontamination should be considered at multiple times through the life cycle of the laboratory — post-construction, before commissioning, during the useful life and as part of decommissioning, and finally prior to demolition.

In normal day-to-day operations, instrument servicing, filter change for cabinets or HVAC will require consideration of the need to disinfect prior to works. Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2982 Laboratory Design states that people working on or in the laboratory should be made aware of the hazards present in the laboratory and any precautionary decontamination procedure.

For laboratories that have been established for several years, current use may not be reflective of historical use. In these cases it is especially important to have the laboratory, HVAC, chemical fume cupboards/hoods, liquid waste systems and equipment properly decontaminated prior to works being done, to ensure appropriate safe access and disposal of contaminated materials.

Laboratory hardware that is disposed of without decontamination shall be treated as hazardous waste, generally a costly endeavour. Laboratory and facility managers have a duty of care to make sure that laboratories are correctly decontaminated and that an occupational hygienist completes the appropriate pre- and post-decontamination tests.

Biosafety provides Department of Health & Human Services/DG trained technicians to clean and decontaminate laboratories. The company has extensive experience in understanding and dealing with biological, chemical, radioactive and physical contamination issues.

Biosafety can provide both decontamination services and occupational hygiene testing/clearance certificates.

For more information:

Phone: 1300 379 996
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