Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials are those materials that constitute a hazard to humans or the environment. The Policy on the Use of Hazardous Materials in Animal Activities applies to the specific hazardous materials listed below when used in conjunction with vertebrate animals:

  • Biological agents requiring handling conditions above Biosafety Level 1 (BSL-1).
  • Biological agents requiring animals to be housed in 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).
  • Activities involving non-exempt recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules technology (rDNA techniques).
  • 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 https://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html.
  • Activities involving any radiation producing equipment or materials including ionizing, non-ionizing, x-rays, and lasers.
  • 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.