Decontamination Examples

Contact MSU EHS 517-355-0153 to evaluate equipment that contained radiation or chemicals prior to preparing for decontamination.

Decontamination of Biosafety Cabinet for Certification

  1. Remove contents from cabinet
  2. Don chemical resistant gloves, lab coat, and splash goggles
  3. Spray down the inside of unit with freshly made 10% bleach solution
  4. Let sit for 10 minutes then wipe to air dry
  5. Spray down the inside with 70% Ethanol thoroughly to remove bleach residue and avoid corrosion of stainless steel surfaces
  6. Wipe out excess and allow to air dry – repeat if needed
  7. Attach completed Equipment Release Form to front of the unit.
  8. For decommissioning/moving biosafety cabinet, contact EHS. A certifier must come to gas decontaminate the unit prior to removing it from the lab.

Decontamination for Decommissioning/Moving a Freezer

  1. Unplug the unit to prior to cleaning.
  2. Heavy ice buildup – leave unit overnight with proper drainage or absorbing materials.
  3. Don chemical resistant gloves, lab coat, splash goggles
  4. Spray down the inside of the freezer with freshly made 10% bleach solution
  5. Let sit 10 minutes then wipe to dry
  6. Spray freezer down with clean water or 70% ethanol to remove bleach residue and avoid corrosion of surfaces
  7. Wipe out excess and allow to air dry
  8. Store unit unplugged with the door ajar to avoid mold
  9. Attach completed Equipment Release Form to the front of the unit.
For more information about what can and cannot be sent to MSU Recycling/Surplus see MSU’s material acceptance guidelines at https://msusurplusstore.com/hazardous-material-acceptance-guidelines-procedures/.