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McGill Laboratory Biosafety Manual - Second edition, 1997
 


5 Emergency Spill Response - Safe Handling of Biological Spills

All individuals who work in a lab where pathogens are used must know how to handle these agents safely and what to do in case of a spill. An emergency spill response protocol specific for the microorganisms in use should be prepared and posted in a visible location within the laboratory.

5.1 Prevention

An accident prevention plan should be the first priority. General safety precautions include:

5.2 The Spill Response Plan

Response procedures should be established before a spill occurs. Assessment of the hazards presented by the pathogen(s) in use should be based upon: The necessary clean-up materials should be available on site. In preparing a spill response kit, ascertain that it contains the appropriate clean-up materials, protective clothing and equipment. The kit should be stored in a visible and accessible location immediately outside the facility and should include:

5.3 Emergency Spill Response Procedures

5.3.1 Immediate Response Procedures

5.3.1.1 For small spills

5.3.1.2 For large spills (500 mls or more)

5.4 Cleanup Procedures

Before re-entering the area for cleanup, put on the protective clothing from the spill response kit and proceed as follows:
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