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What does MCW consider to be a hazardous chemical?

Hazardous chemicals are defined as:

  • Those chemicals that present physical or health hazards to those working in clinical or academic laboratories, as well as chemicals used in facility maintenance, based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 or 29 CFR 1910.1450;
  • Any chemical for which the chemical manufacturer/importer (as listed on the Safety Data Sheet) indicates it is hazardous;
  • Any chemical for which there is scientifically valid evidence that it is a combustible liquid, compressed gas, explosive, flammable, organic peroxide, pyrophoric, unstable/reactive, or reacts violently with water;
  • Any chemical regulated by the Department of Transportation, 49 CFR, Subchapter C, Parts 171-172;
  • Any chemical that is capable of causing environmental or health damage if disposed of improperly, as specified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Title 40 CFR;
  • Any mixture untested as a whole to determine whether it is a physical or health hazard is presumed to present the same physical or health hazard as its individual components; and
  • Any compound created in the laboratory that has unknown characteristics, and may present a physical or health hazard.
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