Biosafety and Facility Hygiene Topics

Here are a few topics that we’ve written articles on so far, you can find more by searching our Biosafety Insights Blog.

Cage Washing

How to Choose a Cage Wash Chemical Provider

Choosing a new cage wash chemical manufacturer and supplier can seem daunting if you don’t know what to look for. We here at Quip Labs know there are a lot of different chemical companies, and these are some of the traits we tell people to look for when deciding between them. Learn More. 

What's the best cage wash detergent for you?

What’s the best cage wash detergent for your vivarium cage wash program? Well, while that depends a lot on the specifics of your cage wash program, there are a few things to always look out for when choosing a cage wash detergent. Learn More. 

Cleaners and Cleaning Additives

What are Surfactants?

Surfactants (short for “surface active agents”) are organic chemicals that change the interaction between water, soils and surfaces.

They’re able to do so because they contain both hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups. In a surfactant, the hydrophilic side of the molecule attaches to water, and the hydrophobic side of the molecule avoids it. Learn More. 

What are the basic mechanics of cleaning?

Why does heat make cleaning easier? How much does the chemistry I use affect my cleaning? You can learn all about the basic mechanics of cleaning by checking out our Sinner’s Circle Infographic, available here. 

Disinfection and Sterilization

How Corrosive is your Chlorine Dioxide Disinfectant?

What are the differences between our true chlorine dioxide disinfectants and older chlorine dioxide or pure chlorine technologies? We’ve created this handy infographic which explains the differences in corrosivity when dealing with different chlorine dioxide-based disinfectants. Learn more.

How Does Hypochlorous Acid Compare to ClO2?

How does Hypochlorous Acid compare to chlorine dioxide? We’ve created this handy infographic which explains the differences in corrosivity, efficacy and safety of hypochlorous acid. Learn more.

What are Disinfectants?

A disinfectant is an agent that is designed to kill problematic microorganisms.  Also, known as germicides, disinfectants can be applied to objects and surfaces in order to reduce the risk of infection. Learn More. 

What are Sterilants?

From a chemical perspective, sterilants are a specific type of disinfecting agent. Sterilants are used to kill all microorganisms, including the endoscope, whereas other disinfectants may have a weaker efficacy or only target specific pathogens. Learn more.

What type of disinfectant should I use in my electrostatic sprayer?

What disinfectant should you use with a disinfectant sprayer? Well, that depends on a lot of factors including the pathogens you’re looking to get rid of. Most requests we get these days are about electrostatic sprayers and COVID-19, or the cost of COVID-19 disinfectants when applied through an electrostatic sprayer, so we’ll start there. Learn more.

What's wrong with using bleach?

If you work in one of the facilities that still uses bleach, you could be using an inactive disinfectant, exposing your employees to unnecessary corrosivity, and wearing out your surfaces and equipment prematurely, which can cost thousands of dollars to replace.  Learn more. 

Environmental Monitoring

How does the AccuPoint Advanced ATP Monitoring System Work?

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a chemical produced in all living cells. Its presence on a surface is an indication of organic contamination. That contamination can come from human contact, bacterial presence or some other form of organic residue. Learn More. 


What is a Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a family of viruses commonly encountered in research circles. The name carries a certain weight that is deservedly serious, but how much do you know about this prevalent microorganism? Learn More. 

What products does Quip Labs recommend during COVID-19?

Quip Labs offers 8 disinfectants for use against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that causes COVID-19. See them all and the equipment we recommend to dispense them on our COVID-19 page. Learn More. 

Safety and PPE

How do I read an SDS Sheet?

Understanding the different components of an SDS sheet is crucial to keeping a safe facility. Learn to read an SDS sheet, and understand the importance of the different sections here! Learn More.