We are working this out a s we speak. Very timely question.
From a chemical hygiene s tandpoint I want the researchers, in their animal use protocols, to provide hazard info and/or LD50 info for all chemicals used in protocols to assess the chemical handling requirements for those chemicals under the lab standard.
If the fall into OSHAs 8220;particularly hazardous substances” (carcinogens, reproductive to xins, or acutely toxic chemicals) then they should be handled in a containm ent (if decanted) or a closed system (syringe or gavage). p>
We also look for complian ce with the use of controlled substances at that time and any issues for wa ste handling of bedding or animal carcasses for the animal care personnel.
Christopher E. Kohler
Certified Chemical Hygiene Of ficer
Laboratory Safety Manager
Office of Environmental, Heal th, and Safety Management
1514 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
I am trying to get information from peer institutions about how they manage worker safety in regard to exposure to c hemicals administered to lab animals. Does anyone have any expertise in this issue?
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