The University of Iowa

Chemical - Specific Safety

EHS has developed safety programs, standard operating procedures and guidance documents for specific chemicals and chemical hazard groups handled on campus.  Questions about chemical safety can be directed to Rick Byrum, Chemical Hygiene Officer, (319-335-9379) and Justin Newnum, Industrial Hygienist, (319-335-9554). 


Safety Programs: Various safety programs have been developed to protect individuals from injuries and illnesses associated with exposure to a specific chemical, listed below.  The program may include a safety manual/written program and associated training.  Training may be required under certain regulations for individuals, as detailed in each program.


Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and general Guidance Documents: Safety information has been developed for specific chemicals or chemical hazard groups, as listed below.  Information includes hazards of the chemical or group, appropriate personal protective equipment, storage and labeling requirements, engineering controls, first aid, and proper disposal practices.  SOPs include a section to supplement with laboratory/work area specific procedures and a sign-off page to document training of individuals handling the chemical.


Information available for specific chemicals or chemical hazard groups is listed below.  

Acetic Acid SOP Ethidium Bromide - guidance
Acetylene SOP Hexavalent Chromium Program
Acute Toxicants SOP Hydrofluoric Acid - guidance
Alcohol SOP Isoflurane Anesthetic Gas - guidance
Alkali metals (sodium, potassium, lithium) SOP Lead Safety Program
Ammonium Nitrate & Perchlorate SOP Liquid Nitrogen - guidance
Anesthetics (Inhalant) SOP Nanomaterial Program
Antineoplastic Agents - guidance Nitric Acid SOP
Asbestos Program Peroxide Forming Chemicals - guidance
Beryllium Program Pyrophoric Reagents - guidance
Compressed Gas Cylinders Program Silica Program
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) SOP