Safe use guidelines and work practices
Biological toxins or biotoxins are poisonous substances produced by certain microorganisms, animals, and plants, but they do not replicate and are therefore not considered infectious. However, because biotoxins may be extremely toxic in very small quantities, manage them as hazardous chemicals. Review and implement our Biological Toxin Safe Work Practices for any work with biotoxins. You also need to have a specific SOP for each toxin and provide documented training. Use the Biological Toxin Checklist to help ensure safe work practices for research involving biotoxins.
Select toxins are those regulated by the Federal Select Agent Program and may require additional safety and security requirements including registration with EH&S and the CDC. See Select Toxins and Due Diligence for more information.
- Anesthetic Gases
- Chemotherapy and Other Hazardous Drugs
- Crystalline Silica
- Dry Ice (PDF)
- Hydrofluoric Acid (PDF)
- Formaldehyde, Formalin, Paraformaldehyde, Safe Work Practices (PDF)
- Guidelines for Peroxide Forming Chemicals (PDF)
- Nanoparticle Research (PDF)
- Nitric Acid Safety (PDF)
- Particularly Hazardous Substances
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)