Biosafety Tips of the Week: Shoes and Clothing; Spill Procedures

Shoes and Clothing in the Research Lab

In research laboratories at UW-Madison, persons need to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that covers the leg down to the shoe. This will help protect areas of the body not covered by standard laboratory PPE (lab coat, gloves, and eye protection).

Biological Spill Procedures

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The biological spill templates are available to laboratory Principal Investigators and laboratory personnel to prepare customized procedures for spills of biohazardous or potentially biohazardous materials (e.g., pathogenic, infectious and recombinant materials, biological toxins, human- or primate-source materials). Procedures for spills of chemicals should be described in the laboratory’s Chemical Hygiene Plan using templates found in this document.

Spill Templates

Please connect with the Office of Biological Safety (OBS) if you have any questions

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