8.0 Disinfection and Sterilization

Routine cleaning of the laboratory is required to maintain a sanitary, safe working environment.  Several different means of decontamination exist and the method you choose will depend on the type of experimental work and the nature of the infectious agent(s) present.  Of note, prions are highly resistant to inactivation by most physical and chemical agents; decontamination of prions will be addressed separately in this chapter.  Standard procedures should be established for each laboratory, designed to meet the needs of the various levels of biohazards found in your particular lab.