What to know before you call SWAP

Do you plan to send laboratory items to Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP)? There are special considerations for sending items from a laboratory to SWAP.

Items sent to SWAP must be clean and safe to handle with bare hands. They must be free of biological, chemical, and radiological hazards. Information regarding the types of materials accepted by SWAP may be found at https://swap.wisc.edu/material-acceptance-guidelines-2/

If you need more information on disinfection/inactivation methods, please check your approved biosafety protocol. In addition, we have helpful information found on the “OK to Move or Repair Poster” that you can order at ehs.wisc.edu/ehs-signage/#post-321.

If you have questions about whether your property is suitable for redistribution through SWAP, contact swap@bussvc.wisc.edu.

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Visit ehs.wisc.edu/biosafety-month and check back each week in October for more Biosafety Briefs

It’s Biosafety and Biosecurity Month 2023! Look out for more biosafety topics each week in October.

Learn about the latest biological safety updates that impact labs like yours on the UW–Madison campus, and print the flyer to help spread the word.

Have a biosafety question? Need help? The UW-Madison Office of Biological Safety can assist you.

The UW-Madison Office of Biological Safety is a proud member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).