Hazardous Chemical Policy Term Definition

any chemical that:

  • Poses a physical and/or health hazard. 
  • Is a physical hazard has scientifically valid evidence that it is a combustible liquid, a compressed gas, explosive, flammable, an organic peroxide, an oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable (reactive), or water-reactive. 
  • Is a health hazard has statistically significant evidence (based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles) that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed persons.  This includes chemicals that are:
    • carcinogens or known to cause neoplastic effects
    • highly toxic agents
    • moderately toxic agents
    • reproductive system toxins
    • teratogens
    • mutagens
    • sensitizers or allergens (immunologic system effects)
    • substances causing target organ effects (hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, hematopoietic system toxins, and agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes)
    • corrosives
    • irritants
  • Is a substance listed in 29 CFR 1910.1200, parts (c) or (d), or any chemicals listed in the most current American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists booklet “Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices.”