Anesthetic gases are used to prevent pain and other sensations during surgery and are covered under the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
Anesthetic gases and vapors that leak into the workplace are considered waste anesthetic gases and may pose a health hazard. Appropriately scavenging both the product and waste products is essential to ensure workplace safety and reduce exposure.
Requirement for researchers
UC San Diego researchers working with isoflurane and other volatile anesthetic gases must complete the Volatile Anesthetics hazard control plan (HCP) in the Chemical Hazard Use Application (CHUA). This HCP must be preapproved by the principal investigator prior to beginning any work with this material. Information on this Blink page is supplementary and is not intended to replace the approved HCP.
These requirements are intended for use in a veterinary research environment.
Quick overview: Safe Use of Anesthetic Gas in Research brochure (PDF)