Release of Equipment
In addition to the administrative requirements outlined in Policy and Procedure 350-80, Disposition of Excess and Surplus Property, users of laboratory and analytical equipment must properly decommission and decontaminate equipment which was used in conjunction with chemical, biological or radiological materials prior to the release of equipment under their control or use. Examples of equipment include, but are not limited to, refrigerators, freezers, centrifuges, incubators, chromatography systems, lyophilizers and liquid scintillation counters.
Equipment used in conjunction with hazardous chemicals must first be properly decommissioned. Apparatus that use chemicals in a process, e.g., chromatography unit, must be completely drained and collected for disposal. Also, any surfaces contaminated with residual chemicals must be decontaminated and the waste collected for proper disposal. This includes the interior of refrigerators, freezers and centrifuges. All chemical warning labels must be removed prior to pick-up by salvage or Aggie Surplus.
Equipment used in conjunction with biological materials must be properly decontaminated using an appropriate disinfectant and/or sterilization process before it is released. Perform a risk assessment to determine the appropriate decontamination method (if you need assistance, consult with the Biosafety Office). After appropriate decontamination, post a sign (e.g. EH&S Record of Decontamination) on the equipment indicating that it has been properly decontaminated. All biohazard labels must be removed prior to pick-up by salvage or Aggie Surplus.
Equipment used in conjunction with radiological materials must be properly surveyed and decontaminated per campus policy. All radiological warning labels must be removed prior to pick-up by salvage or Aggie Surplus. Scintillation counters contain a radioactive sealed source which must be removed and returned to the manufacturer.