Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are those materials that constitute a hazard to humans or the environment. For the purpose of the Policy on the Use of Hazardous Materials in Animal Activities, the specific hazardous materials are listed below:

  • Agents requiring handling conditions above Biosafety Level 1 (BSL-1).
  • Agents infectious to animals requiring handling conditions above Animal Biosafety Level 1 (ABSL-1).
  • Biological specimens (e.g., saliva, blood, and urine) collected from humans or non-human primates.
  • Biological toxins (e.g., Botulinum toxin including cosmetic BOTOX) used in conjunction with animals.
  • Chemicals designated by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as hazardous drugs, carcinogens, reproductive hazards, nanoparticles, or toxic chemicals, as well as materials that may have serious impact on the environment during release or disposal that are used in conjunction with animals.
  • Activities involving recombinant or synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules technology (rDNA techniques).
  • “Activities involving any radiation producing equipment or materials including ionizing, non-ionizing, x-rays, and lasers.”
  • HHS and USDA Select Agents and Toxins, as defined in Federal Regulations 7 CFR 331, 9 CFR 121, and 42 CFR 73. The current list is available at http://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html.