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Plague  Lesson 5
 Medical Management

Occupational Exposures – Laboratory Spills

  • Spills of potentially contaminated materials should be immediately covered with absorbent materials and disinfected with 10% bleach for 30 minutes.
  • Surfaces should then be wiped with absorbent towels that have also been soaked in 10% bleach.
  • The areas should then be cleaned with nonabrasive soap and water.
  • All materials used in the cleanup should be disposed of as biohazardous waste.
  • Biosafety Level 2 guidelines should be used to handle all suspect material.
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Lab spill being cleaned with paper towels and 10% bleach.

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