Russ, You are correct in assuming that the material is toxic unless otherwise noted. If this is not a novel compound and is commercially available, there should be a material safety data sheet available. If you are able to ascertain the chemical structure, then you may be able to relate either the structure or functional grouping to the compound toxicity or whether it may be mutagenic or carcinogenic. If you have access to a structure activity relationship computer program such as Multicase, you can compare the structure to a large library of compounds with defined toxicological endpoints. You may also want to check the National Toxicology Program (NTP) listing of materials at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ It is important for the researchers to work with the material within a chemical fume hood or other enclosure and to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent exposure. Unless the LD50 is lower than 50 mg/kg and the material is not flammable or corrosive, then it would not be considered hazardous waste under RCRA or by DOT. I recommend consulting with your waste vendor in order to profile the waste stream. William E. Crouse, MS, CIH, CSP Director, Environmental Health and Safety Wyeth Research 641 Ridge Road Chazy, NY 12921-2420 518-846-6350 (office) 518-574-4457(pager) 518-846-6527 (fax) >>> Russell Vernon
6/18/2008 1:24 PM >>> Dear fellow ACS Div-CHAS members, I'm looking for advice on what you tell your people about working with chemicals of unknown toxicity. In my current case, I have a researcher who will administer a compound she is getting from a colleague at the EPA to mice. Some ata I have on similar compounds show those chemical to be 'not very toxic' but I can not find any information about this stuff. I only half-jokingly suggested she obtain an MSDS from the EPA as they are the supplier. I'm inclined to tell them to treat the material as highly toxic and collect the metabolites found in the mouse bedding/feces/urine and handle as hazardous waste. At least until they have more information about the hazards. Do you agree? Do you have any particular guidance you would care to share? Thanks in advance! -Russ Russell Vernon, Ph.D. UC System-wide Field Safety Working Group Chair www.ehs.uci.edu/apps/fieldsafe/index.jsp Laboratory / Research Safety Specialist, Integrated Waste Manager and Interim Hazardous Materials Manager Environmental Health & Safety University of California, Riverside 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521 russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**ucr.edu www.ehs.ucr.edu Direct: (951) 827-5119 Admin: (951) 827-5528 Fax: (951) 827-5122 Register now for the UCR Emergency Notification System!
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