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Biosafety: Summary of Disinfectants

Consult the Summary of Disinfectants charts for recommended disinfectants and their uses and requirements.

Note: The chart below provides guidelines for surface decontamination only. For chemical disinfection of liquid biohazardous waste, the only university-wide approved disinfectant for UCSD is bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts liquid waste, 30 min. contact time, followed by sewering). If your laboratory wishes to inquire about the use of alternative disinfectants to inactivate liquid biohazardous waste, please send an email with the following information:

  • Material to be disinfected
  • Chemical to be used
  • Concentration of chemical
  • Contact time
  • Disposal method (sewering, hazardous waste pickup)

You will receive a response within five (5) working days regarding approval.

Important: These charts are intended for use by University of California, San Diego (UCSD) researchers only. Standards and requirements may differ at other institutions and businesses.