6.3.1 Standard Microbiological Practices (in addition to those for BSL1 & BSL2)

  • Decontaminate all cultures, stocks, and other potentially infectious materials before disposal using an effective method.  A method for decontaminating all laboratory wastes should be available in the facility, preferably within the laboratory (e.g., autoclave, chemical disinfection, incineration, or other validated decontamination method).  Depending on where the decontamination will be performed, the following methods should be used prior to transport:
  1. Materials to be decontaminated outside of the immediate laboratory must be placed in a durable, leak proof container and secured for transport.
  2. Materials to be removed from the facility for decontamination must be packaged in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations.