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Rules for ALL Projects Involving Hazardous Chemicals, Activities and Devices Additional Rules for Specific Regulated Substances Environmentally Responsible Chemistry Sources
The following rules apply to research using hazardous chemicals, devices and activities. These include substances and devices that are regulated by local, state, country, or international law, most often with restrictions of their use by minors such as DEA-controlled substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. Hazardous activities are those that involve a level of risk above and beyond that encountered in the student’s everyday life. These rules are intended to protect the student researcher by ensuring proper supervision and the consideration of all potential risks so that the appropriate safety precautions are taken. Students are required to meet all standards imposed by Intel ISEF, school, local, and/or regional fair(s).
1) The use of hazardous chemicals and devices and involvement in hazardous activities require direct supervision by a Designated Supervisor, except those involving DEA-controlled substances, which require supervision by a Qualified Scientist. 2) The student researcher must conduct a risk assessment in collaboration with a Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist prior to experimentation. This risk assessment is documented on the Risk Assessment Form 3. 3) Student researchers must acquire and use regulated substances in accordance with all local, state, U.S. federal and country laws. For further information or classification for these laws and regulations, contact the appropriate regulatory agencies.4) For all chemicals, devices or activities requiring a Federal and/or State Permit, the student/supervisor must obtain the permit prior to the onset of experimentation. A copy of the permit must be available for review by adults supervising the project and the local and affiliated and the ISEF Scientific Review Committee in their review prior to competition. 5) The student researcher must minimize the impact of an experiment on the environment. Examples include using minimal quantities of chemicals that will require subsequent disposal; ensuring that all disposal is done in an environmentally safe manner and in accordance with good laboratory practices. 6) The following forms are required:
There are additional rules for the following regulated substances:
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulates chemicals that can be diverted from their intended use to make illegal drugs. Other countries may have similar regulatory bodies; students outside of the U.S. must adhere to their own country’s drug regulatory agency requirements in addition to U.S. DEA regulations. DEA-controlled substances and their schedule number are at the DEA website under Sources of Information. It is the responsibility of the student to consult this list if there is a possibility that substances used in experimentation could be regulated.
Prescription drugs are drugs regulated by federal or country laws and are available only through a pharmacy to protect against inappropriate or unsafe use. Special precautions must be taken in their use for a science project as follows:
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulates the production of alcohol and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products. Many such products are restricted by age for purchase, possession and consumption. Students outside of the U.S. must adhere to U.S. regulations and to their local and country laws and regulations.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with state agencies, regulates the purchase and use of firearms and explosives. A firearm is defined as a small arms weapon from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder. An explosive is any chemical compound, mixture or device, the primary purpose of which is to function by explosion. Explosives include, but are not limited to, dynamite, black powder, pellet powder, detonators, and igniters.The purchase of a firearm by a minor is generally unlawful. The use of a firearm, without proper state certification, is illegal. Students should check the training and certification requirements of individual states and countries.
Please find below guidance on conducting risk assessment when using the following:
Environmentally Responsible Chemistry
The mission of environmentally responsible (green) chemistry is to avoid the use or production of hazardous substances during chemical process. The principles of green chemistry are described on the EPA website in the Sources of Information section. Whenever possible the following principles should be incorporated into the research plan.
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General Lab/Chemical Safety1) Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, Volumes 1 and 2, 2003. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.Order from (first copy free of charge):American Chemical SocietyPublications Support Services1155 16th Street, NWWashington, DC 20036phone: 202-872-4000 or 800-227-5558email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acs.org/education 2) GeneralHoward Hughes Medical Institute as a resource forn working with cell cultures, radioactive materials and other laboratory materials. www.hhmi.org/resources/3) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for green chemistrywww.epa.gov/greenchemistry4) Material Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS)MSDS should be collected by your laboratory or available from the manufacturer. The internet also has a range of free resources:http://www.flinnsci.com/msds-search.aspx/A directory of MSDS sheets from Flinn Scientific Inc. that includes a ranking of hazard level and disposal methodswww.ilpi.com/msds/index.html - A listing of numerous sites that have free downloads of MSDS sheets5) DEA Controlled SubstancesDrug Enforcement Agency website:www.justice.gov/dea/index.htm Controlled Substance Schedules – a list of controlled substances : www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/ 6) Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and ExplosivesAlcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureauwww.ttb.govBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveswww.atf.gov7) RadiationRadiation Studies Information (CDC)www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/default.htm 8) CDC Laboratory Safety Manualswww.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/index.htm 9) Occupational Safety and Health Administration www.osha.gov Safety and Health Topics: www.osha.gov/SLTC/www.osha.gov/SLTC/reactivechemicals/index.htmlwww.osha.gov/SLTC/laserhazards/index.htmlwww.osha.gov/SLTC/radiationionizing/index.html 10) U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Material Safety and Inspection BranchOne White Flint North11555 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852phone: 301-415-8200; 800-368-5642www.nrc.gov
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