Sodium Azide Safety Tip (OIVD)
MedSun: Newsletter #42, November 2009

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert

FDA has received an increasing number of reports of explosions involving solutions containing sodium azide used in clinical facilities. This communication is to remind laboratories and hospitals about the danger posed by long-term accumulation of sodium azide solutions, and to recommend steps to prevent such incidents. This safety tip provides recommendations on proper handling, storage, and disposal of sodium azide.

Additional Information:

FDA Office of In-Vitro Diagnostics (OIVD) website. Sodium Azide Solutions: Potential for Explosions from Improper Handling and Disposal. October 9, 2009.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/TipsandArticlesonDeviceSafety/ucm186147.htm


MedSun Newsletters are available at www.fda.gov/cdrh/medsun