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United States Department of Agriculture

Department Regulation 9630-001

Agricultural Research Service

USDA Policies and Procedures on Biohazardous Waste Decontamination, Management, and Quality Controls at Laboratories and Technical Facilities


Decontamination, sterilization, and disinfection procedures in a research or diagnostic environment vary, depending on the capabilities of the facility and the biological hazards (biohazard) being handled. Existing Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department Manua ls (DM) on Security Policies for Biosafety Level (BSL)-3 and Labs excluding BSL-3 (DM9610-1 and DM9610-2) do not address biohazardous waste decontamination, management and quality control. This manual should provide USDA-wide biosafety policies for biological waste management and quality control at USDA facilities, including general information on decontamination methods and technologies, methods for validating decontamination efforts, and information on security and employee safety issues.


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