Toxic Substances Control Act—New or Synthesized Chemicals-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Toxic Substances Control Act—New or Synthesized Chemicals

The EPA created the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to address environmental issues not directly addressed by other regulations and legislation.  One of the features of TSCA that affects Carnegie Mellon’s lab work relates to newly created or synthesized chemicals.  Since by definition these are “new” chemicals, there is no record of any health-related effects that their exposures may produce in humans.  To begin gathering information in this area, we are REQUIRED to document and report any problems or symptoms we note ourselves in the course of our work with these new materials. We also need to be prepared to prove that we are working with these materials on a research basis and NOT preparing them for manufacture. That requires very serious additional work!
If you create or synthesize new materials in your lab, please contact me at  I will explain the very brief and not-at-all-time-consuming activities we need you to do to help the University meet this requirement.