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Chemicals - Biochemicals; Formulated Products; General Chemicals & Batteries for Research

Information to assist the Shopper, Budget Holder and Specialist Approver determine the appropriate Hazard Levels for requisitions made on behalf of the University. This page also explains what checks should be carried out by both the Budget Holder and the Specialist Approver as part of their responsibilities for managing the introduction of biochemical reagents, formulated products, general chemicals or batteries used in research into the University.

Hazard Level      
Low Medium High Budget Holder Responsibility Specialist Approver Checks Pre-release checks

Hazard Group A substances

Substances who have risk phrases R36, R38 and all R- numbers not otherwise stated.

Reactive substances that have the potential for slow changes;

Substances that could cause environmental contamination (but with no lasting harmful effects to air, land or water)

Hazard Group B and C substances requiring engineering controls or containment.

Water sensitive reactive materials that release flammable or toxic gas;

Environmentally highly toxic, toxic or harmful substances (to air, land or water - H400, H410, H411, H42, H413)

All work with nano materials including carbon nanotubes.

Substances which could lead to exposure which has the potential for fatal or irreversible or debilitating health effects;

Hazard Group D and E substances - carcinogenics, etc. (with phrases H310, H334, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H362, H372, EU70 or R27, R40, R42, R45, R46, R49, R60, R61, R63, R64, R68);

Poisons or highly toxic substances if inhaled, swallowed or in skin contact (including phrases H310, H300 or R26, R28);

Air sensitive materials;

Pyrophoric materials;

Substances with the potential for thermal runaway or rapid volatilisation;

To determine the correct Hazard Level has been assigned.

To ensure that there are suitable storage facilities.

To ensure that the location and facilities where it will be used are suitable for the hazards it presents.

To consider impact on existing waste streams.

Budget Holder must ensure that there are sufficient storage facilities for working with the material, that the environment is suitable for their use and that local rules are established and followed.

For all Departments (except Chemistry):

For MEDIUM and HIGH Hazard materials, the Specialist Approver must obtain assurance that the checks stated have been made by the Budget Holder. This may involve confirming that the facilities are suitable and sufficient and that local rules are in place or are in the process of being drafted by the Budget Holder.

The Specialist Approver will only be required to undertake the above checks for HIGH Hazard category items in the Chemistry Department.

Finance Officers to ensure authorised 'named' Budget Holders are.....

Chemistry Department: the Head of Department of Chemistry can authorise 'named' Budget Holders to approve requisitions of LOW and MEDIUM Hazard Level Chemicals.

In all other Departments the Head of Department can authorise 'named' Budget Holders to approve requisitions of LOW Hazard Level Chemicals only. Specialist approval to be used for MEDIUM and HIGH Hazard Level requisitions.