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This chapter discusses the major routes of exposure to chemical substances during laboratory work, and several safe handling practices that can minimize your risk while working with chemical substances. The last section lists practices for the safe use of hydrofluoric acid.
This document establishes a procedure for the safe handling and use of streptozotocin, commonly known as STZ (CAS# 18883-66-4), in the university Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) large animal facilities. STZ is a flammable solid and suspected of causing genetic defects and cancer. STZ is commonly used to induce diabetes in animals. It is a non-volatile solid and inhalation of dust should be prevented.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a standard (29 CFR 1910.1048) to ensure proper protection of all workers exposed to formaldehyde. The standard applies to all forms of formaldehyde including gas, aqueous solutions, solids, and materials that can release it.
This chapter supplements previous chapters by giving specific extra precautions, postings, training, and protective equipment necessary when working with substances that are highly toxic and/or select carcinogens. The appendices at the end of the chapter are a thorough (but not exhaustive) list of substances that might be present in your lab that are highly toxic and/or carcinogenic.
The purpose of this policy is to establish minimum standards for lab researchers that utilize dangerous gases. These standards will reduce the likelihood of a dangerous gas release and ensure the safety of laboratory researchers, building occupants and emergency responders.
Mercury pollution is one of the most significant environmental toxins found in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a variety of public health organizations have identified mercury elimination as one of their highest priorities in recent years.