Feb 21, 2018
& Hazardous Materials
IACUC, IRB and
Human Subjects Research
Nutrition & Metabolism
Science & Technology
Treasures of the Internet
The Carcinogens & Biohazards section is a chemical and substance database based mainly from the
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
database prepared by a consortium of scientists from around the world, under the auspices of the
World Health Organization
In case you deal with a lot of chemicals or work in a laboratory setting, visit
- Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
Every laboratory worker must become familiar with the information included in each Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). As required by regulation, a file of the MSDS, for each substance used in the laboratory, must be compiled and present in the laboratory at all times.
- International Chemical Safety Card (ICSC)
An International Chemical Safety Card (ICSC) is quite similar to an MSDS, except the ICSC data and presentation are more concise so that it would be more easy to use as reference, especially in the event of an emergency. While the existing ICSC database is not comprehensive as the MSDS, the current database includes most of the common chemicals likely to be present in a standard research laboratory. More important, the information databases provided in each ICSC are peer-reviewed by a worldwide consortium, thereby increasing the reliability of the information provided.
- Emergency Response Guide (ERG)
created for use by safety officers, firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a spill or incident involving a hazardous material. This should be a good resource also for laboratory workers to deal with emergencies in the laboratory. However, when in doubt, call the Safety Office immediately.
more about ICSCs and their comparison with MSDS, to understand and appreciate their full significance.
Please note that each of the above databases have their own "A to Z navigation links". Click on the "title" icon (e.g., Carcinogens & Biohazards), to ensure that you have the correct "A to Z navigation links".
Visit also the "A to Z navigation links" of BioSafety for other relevant laboratory safety topics -- e.g., air contaminants, chemical hazards, etc. In case, you do not find what you are looking for in the above list, use the health and science
engine and directories for further research.
There are related webpages, hyperlinked with the above sites that you may want to visit.
- Cancer Resources
a separate webpage focused on cancer.
- Health Topics
integrated compilation of health topics from information databases of research and biomedical institutions, as well as designated government agencies