Spill Kit Suggested Contents

All laboratories conducting experiments involving the use of biological materials should have convenient access to a properly stocked biohazard spill kit. These spill kits are especially important for labs conducting experiments with large volumes or high concentrations of biological materials. Spill kits can be purchased commercially, but it is not necessary for most biosafety laboratories. The list below is suggested for creating a simple, but effective spill kit.

  • Tote or bin to contain the contents in one place for easy access
  • Extra PPE (clean lab coat, extra gloves)
  • Absorbent materials (e.g. paper towels, kitty litter)
  • Biohazard bags
  • Disinfectant (e.g. bottle of bleach, 70% ethanol, or other agent-appropriate disinfectant used)
  • Broom and dustpan, or forceps (to pick up any broken glass or sweep up absorbent materials)
  • Brief spill response steps specific to agents used in the laboratory. Use the templates below as a starting point for steps.
    • Template for BL1 spills (PDF)
    • Template for BL2 spills (PDF)


    For more information about creating a spill kit, contact a biosafety officer at biosafety@tamu.edu or 979.862.4549.