Standard Operating Procedures for

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Standard Operating Procedures for
Hazardous Chemicals and Particularly Hazardous Substances
#1 Process
Safe Handling of kainic acid. Review Material Safety Data Sheet prior to handling the material at :
#2 Hazardous Chemicals and Potential Hazards
Kainic acid may be absorbed through the skin. Do not breathe dust. Causes nervous system disturbances.
Conduct all all work in a “Designated Area”. Make sure all containers are labeled with the name of the material and
with a warning label, such as “Toxic, Special Handling Required”. Use only syringes with retractable needles
(engineered sharps) and place in a sharps container.
#3 PPE - Personal protective Equipment
Use double layers of nitrile gloves. Inspect gloves periodically. Use N95 respirator if handling powdered material or
use inside a fume hood. Use chemical goggles if handling as a powder. Contact EH&S for assistance in respirator
#4 Engineering/Ventilation Controls
Must use fume hood or other mechanical exhaust systems when handling powdered materials.
#5 Special Handling Procedures and Storage Requirements
Refrigerate bottle and keep container closed. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
#6 Spill and Accident Procedures
All personnel responding to a spill should wear disposable gowns, double nitrile gloves, and respirators for
powdered materials and for protection against aerosols. All respirator users must participate in the UCI Respiratory
Protection program. Please contact your School’s Safety Coordinator for additional assistance or X44817 for
Small Spills: Do not attempt clean-up if you feel unsure of your ability to do so or if you perceive the risk to be
greater than normal laboratory operations. Solids should be wiped with wet absorbent pads. The spill areas should
then be cleaned three times using a detergent solution followed by clean water. Collect and submit for waste
disposal by EH&S.
Large Spills: Notify others in area. Evacuate room/immediate area. If splashed on an individual or in eyes flush for
15 minutes with copious quantities of water. Call EH&S for HazMat response. Post area and prevent unnecessary
entry until EH&S response team arrives. Provide assistance to EH&S as requested.
Obtain medical attention for any accidental eye contact, ingestion, or inhalation of the material.
#7 Waste Disposal
Dispose of waste chemical container through EH&S.
#8 Approval Required
PI approval required for initial use. Ensure all staff have read the MSDS and SOP. Please insert this page into your
Chemical Hygiene Plan.
#9 Decontamination Procedures
Use nitrile gloves. Wash exposed skin and eyes if you come into contact with the chemical . Wash all
contaminated surfaces three times with soap and water and dispose of contaminated clean-up sorbent material
through EH&S.
Designated Area
Handle only inside laboratory fume hood.
For more information relevant to completing this form, review thoroughly Chemical Hygiene Plan: Section 5.
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procedures for the activity/materials described herein.
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