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Disinfecting Solid Biowaste

Some solid biowaste can be chemically disinfected using a 10% bleach (or other appropriate disinfectant) upon creation of the waste. An example of this is contaminated serological pipets generated inside a Biosafety Cabinet during research. Follow the steps below. 

  1. Prepare a fresh 10% percent bleach solution. Note that Clorox bleach is the only EPA approved bleach.
  2. Submerge tips and pipettes in the bleach solution. Draw the solution into each unit as you add it to the bleach bath to ensure contact with all surfaces. 
  3. Let the mixture sit for at 10 least minutes. 
  4. Drain the disinfectant from each unit and dispose of the regular trash. 
  5. Log the treatment on your Treatment Log.

 Solid biowaste chemical disinfection