Decontamination of your laboratories 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 etc will require consideration of the need to disinfect prior to works. 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 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 your 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 very costly endeavour. 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 provides Dept of Health & Human Services/DG trained technicians to clean and decontaminate laboratories. We have 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.
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