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Laboratory Decommissioning and Decontamination:

Biosafety can provide Dept of Health & Human Services/DG trained technicians to clean and decontaminate laboratories than have either been contaminated or require demolition. Not all laboratories are used for the same application and therefore a intimate knowledge of both Biological, Chemical, Radioactive and Physical contamination is imperative to ensure the correct procedures for decontamination, decommissioning and disposal are followed. chemical fume cupboards/hoods, minimizing employee and third party exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals.Decontamination of your laboratories should be undertaken when systems are being modified, decommissioned, relocated or disposed of. Australian & New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 2982 Laboratory Design states that people working on or in the laboratory should be made aware of the hazards and any decontamination procedure. The main issue here is that laboratories are generally a long-use facilities and the current use may not be reflective of its historical use. This is why it is important to have your laboratory, HVAC and equipment properly decontaminated prior to any changes or works being done to ensure appropriate safe access or disposal. Any laboratory hardware that is disposed of without decontamination shall be treated as hazardous waste. Laboratory and Facility Managers have a Duty of Care to make sure that laboratories are decontaminated properly and that the appropriate pre and post decontamination tests are completed by an Occupational Hygienist. Biosafety is able to provide both decontamination services and Occupational Hygiene Testing/Clearance Certificates.