Decontamination (sometimes abbreviated as decon, dcon, or decontam) is the process of cleansing an object or substance to remove contaminants such as micro-organisms or hazardous materials, including chemicals, radioactive substances, and infectious diseases.
Decontamination is most commonly used in medical environments, including dentistry, surgery and veterinary science, in the process of food preparation, in environmental science, and in forensic science.
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust: Decontamination Policy April 2012. Accessed 16 August 2013
- "Water Decontamination", in McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2004, p 372
- Jehaes, Els; Gilissen, Anja; Cassiman, Jean-Jacques; Decorte, Ronny (1998). "Evaluation of a decontamination protocol for hair shafts before mtDNA sequencing". Forensic Science International. 94 (1–2): 65–71. doi:10.1016/S0379-0738(98)00052-8. PMID 9670485.
- Health & Safety Executive: Methods of decontamination. Accessed 16 August 2013