Sinks

Sinks are desirable in most animal rooms, but are required21,31 only in ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 animal rooms. Besides being useful for hand washing and miscellaneous uses that come up when working with animals in the room, the most beneficial use of sinks in an animal room is for dumping mop buckets. It is considered good sanitation practice for each animal room to be equipped with dedicated equipment for routine cleaning of the floor. For this reason, a stainless steel mop sink is desirable. The sink should be mounted on the wall to avoid impeding floor sanitation (Figure 8.5). Hands off controls are desirable. A coldwater hose bib mounted on the wall under or near the mop sink at a height suitable for filling mop buckets is also useful. If there is uncertainty regarding the installation of sinks in the animal rooms, an option is to fit each room with plumbing for hooking up mobile sinks. Alternatively, several rooms in a suite of animal rooms could share a single sink so long as there is no concern of carrying infectious agents between rooms. If there is uncertainty regarding the need for sinks in the animal rooms, an option is to fit each room with plumbing that could accommodate portable sinks.

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