The category of hazardous materials includes three major areas of concern: toxic chemicals, chemical carcinogens and infectious agents. Various state and federal regulations are involved with each category, and each requires different responses and compliance standards. The Office for Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists over 30,000 items on their Hazardous Materials list. Any investigator considering the utilization/disposal of such materials is advised to contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office before beginning any research.
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