Research and Sponsored Programs

Research Lab Safety and COVID-19 Impacts

Disinfection Procedures Field Research and Boating

Updated June 8, 2021


The intent of this standard operating procedure (SOP) is to minimize the risk of COVID-19 disease transmission and protect the health and safety of personnel conducting research activities at field sites.

Disinfection Procedures

The University of Toledo Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has partnered with teams across campus to develop guidance for researchers, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students and staff to best manage disinfection and laboratory research.

CDC Recommendations on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facilities
This link will provide easy to follow recommendations from the CDC on cleaning and disinfecting your areas.

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. However, disinfecting a surface after cleaning can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

  • Surfaces that should be disinfected regularly include before and after use: highly touched surfaces such as chairs, desktops, computer keyboards, computer displays, light switches, doorknobs, doors, door push plates, refrigerator/freezer handles and their doors; equipment panels/switches, bench tops; biosafety cabinet and fume hood sashes and their working surfaces; bio-waste container lids; commonly used hand tools and small objects (pipettors); and shared PPE (laser goggles). Be careful when disinfecting sensitive equipment to prevent disruption of the equipment.
  • Using paper towels, if possible first clean dirty surfaces with a detergent or soap and water, then carefully apply disinfectant and wipe to evenly distribute the disinfectant. 
  • Wear disposable gloves when disinfecting surfaces, and ensure the area has good ventilation. If the area does not have good ventilation, disinfect and leave the area untouched until the surfaces have dried. Discard gloves after each use and clean hands immediately.
  •  Avoid spraying disinfectant on the surfaces to prevent the creation of aerosols. Allow surfaces to air dry. Discard paper towels and disinfecting wipes into the regular trash.
  • The current recommended disinfectants are 10% freshly prepared bleach, 70% ethanol, in water, or disinfecting wipes. Virkon-S is a safe disinfectant for use around animal areas. Do not mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. The EPA has provided a helpful list of registered disinfectants that are effective against the novel coronavirus, including ready-to-use Clorox and Lysol products.
  • The university recommends EPA-registered disinfectants for use against COVID-19, which has been simplified into this list by the American Chemical Council. Always use cleaning products as recommended on manufacturer labels, including wearing disposable gloves where directed.

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Last Updated: 6/27/22