Spill kits (biological and chemical) are available

All BSL-2 labs should have a biological spill kit available in addition, ready access to a chemical spill kit is required in laboratories that work with hazardous chemicals.

Spill kits must be checked every 6 months to ensure all components are present, in good condition and within expiration date and date of verification recorded.

All spills must be cleaned by personnel who are properly trained and have the proper equipment to handle infectious materials and hazardous chemicals.

References:

  • MSU Biosafety Manual
  • MSU Bloodborne Exposure Control Plan
  • MSU Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • OSHA Standard 1910.1450 App A

Corrective actions:

Ensure a chemical spill kit and a biological spill kit is available and that employees know how to use it.

Check spill kits every 6 months to ensure all components are present, safety goggles are in good condition and disinfectants are not expired. Replace components as necessary (contact EHS for replacements).

Write down the date the kits were verified.

Since spills of biological materials will happen, it is important to be prepared prior to dealing with the problem. Laboratories working with biohazards should have a basic biological spill kit ready to use at all times. For most instances the basic kit can be assembled with materials already used in the laboratory. All labs operating at BSL-2 or higher must have an assembled spill kit available in the lab. In BSL-1 labs, although it is preferable to have the contents of the spill kit in one location, as long as the materials are easily accessible to everyone in the lab, prior assembly might not be necessary. Ready assembled spill kits are available for a fee through the EHS.

The following is a list of items that should go into a basic biological spill kit. It should be enhanced to meet the needs of your unique situation.

  • Disinfectant bottle (e.g., bleach 1:10 dilution, prepared fresh)
  • Absorbent material (e.g., paper towels, absorbent powder)
  • Waste container (e.g., biohazard bags, sharps containers)
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, eye and face protection)
  • Mechanical tools (e.g., tongs, dustpan and broom)
  • Spill clean-up procedures
  • Barrier tape

Chemical spill kits should, minimally, contain:

  • splash resistant goggles
  • chemical resistant gloves
  • plastic bags
  • multi-chemical sorbent (enough for 2-gallon spill)
  • scooper

The following procedures are provided as a guideline to biohazardous spill clean-up and will need to be modified for specific situations.

As with any emergency situation, stay calm, call 911 if necessary, and proceed with common sense. Call the EHS at 355-0153 if further assistance is required, especially if the spill outgrows the resources in the laboratory.

For large chemical spills, i.e. greater than 1 cc, contact EHS for spill cleanup, instructions or assistance.