High Hazard Carcinogens

SECTION 4 - High Hazard Carcinogens

Registration for Use

Designation Of Person in Charge.

Completion Of Registration Form.

Departmental Approval.

Changes in Use

Duration of Registration.

Physical Facilities

HIGH hazard carcinogens may be used in standard chemical laboratories or approved animal care facilities with the following restrictions:

  1. All entrances shall be posted with "Cancer Suspect Agent" signs.
  2. Laboratory or other research area must be under negative pressure with respect to general access areas such as hallways and offices.
  3. All normal laboratory procedures shall be done in an approved chemical fume hood system with average face velocity of at least 100 feet per minute, or other local exhaust equipment, or by use of other methods that will effectively minimize the chance for personnel exposure to chemical carcinogens. Use of ductless filtered devices for protection from volatile chemicals is not permitted.
  4. Vacuum lines are to be protected to prevent entry of the chemicals used into the system.
  5. Prior to conducting work with registered carcinogens, the laboratory's ventilation system must be certified by EH&S as having an adequate number of air changes per hour under negative pressure.
  6. Laboratory work surfaces shall be protected from contamination by the use of disposable, absorbent paper lined with plastic, or other equivalent impervious materials.

Storage and Labeling

Labeling of Containers.

All reagent bottles, stock, and working solutions shall be labeled "Cancer Suspect Agent."


Transportation of HIGH Hazard Carcinogens

Transport On Campus.

Transport Off Campus.

Personal Protection

All standard laboratory safety practices, such as the wearing of eye protection, shall be observed in addition to the following:

Protective Clothing:

Certification of Laboratory Hoods and Isolated Systems.

Inspections Required

Posting of Emergency Procedures

Approved specific emergency procedures shall be prescribed and posted in areas using HIGH hazard carcinogens. The posted information shall include, but not be limited to:

  1. Name and phone number of principal investigator, department chairperson, EH&S, and Campus Police and Security.
  2. Decontamination procedure.
  3. Location of closest shower facility.