What if I spill on my coat?

Whether a lab coat should be laundered, disposed of, or given to EH&S for decontamination will depend on what was spilled on the coat.

If you disposed of a lab coat as waste and need a replacement, request a lab coat using the Replacement Request Form: Eyewear and Coats.

Biological

BSL1

  • Spray with 10% bleach.
  • Rinse after 20 minutes and let dry
  • Send for laundering

BSL2

Report all spills to the campus biosafety officer at (510) 642-3073 or at bso@berkeley.edu.

Chemical

Small spill:

  • Pre-clean and rinse with water or soapy water
  • Dry
  • Send for laundering

Large spill:

Dispose as hazardous waste.

Radioactive

If H-3 (Tritium)  contamination is suspected:

  • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
  • Label it with your name, date and H-3 (Tritium).
  • Contact the Radiation Safety Team for further assistance at (510) 642-3073 or radsafety@berkeley.edu.

All other radionuclides:

  • Survey your coat with a radiation survey meter.
  • If any spot on the coat reads greater than two (2) times background, the coat is contaminated.
    • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
    • Label it with your name, date and the radionuclide.
    • Contact the Radiation Safety Team for further assistance at (510) 642-3073 or radsafety@berkeley.edu.