Hazardous Materials

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Requirements for Hazardous Materials on Cruises

Scientists planning to use hazardous materials on board need to provide a list of materials by chemical name, common name, type and classification using the Hazardous Material Inventory form.

Laboratory Safety

Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring that all work conducted aboard UH vessels must be conducted in accordance with the UH Chemical Hygiene Plan, which can be located at here. A wealth of information on good laboratory practices can be obtained at this location.

Radioactive Material

All work requiring the use of Radioactive materials must be performed in accordance with the UH Radiation Safety Manual. Authorization from the UH Radiation Safety Officer must be received before any Radioactive Material can be used aboard ship. Radioactive material must be confined to a designated 20ft Isotope Laboratory van. This is done to isolate the radioactive material from the rest of the vessel to minimize the chances of contamination in other spaces on the ship.

All use of radioactive materials must be conducted under an active permit issued by the UH Radiation Safety Officer. UH principal investigators who routinely use radioactive materials aboard ship should have a valid permit.

Other users will be covered under a radioactive materials use authorization permit issued to OTG that covers work conducted in the OTG’s Isotope Laboratory van. The maximum possible limits of each radioactive isotope are listed in this permit. All users of radioisotopes in the van must be listed on this permit. Principal investigators are responsible for working with Scott Ferguson to submit an application for amendment of authorization (RSP-3a) to include additional authorized users. All radioactive materials used in the van must be transferred or purchased under the oversight of the UH Radiation Safety Officer. The transfer or purchase of materials must be initiated by submission of a RSP-4 (Procurement Authorization for Radioactive Materials). Principal investigators are responsible for working with Scott Ferguson to arrange for transfer or purchase of these materials.