Chemical Pathology Urea Breath Test Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Recommended use: Quality Assurance/Proficiency Testing programs. Not to be used in the treatment and diagnosis of patients.

Catalogue Number Product Name
15770102 Urea Breath Test


Hazard Identification

Chemical hazard: Not applicable

Environmental hazard: Not applicable

Health hazard: Exempt human specimens

No known test method can offer complete assurance that products derived from inactivated microorganisms and/or human sources will not transmit infection. All proficiency testing materials supplied by RCPAQAP must therefore be considered as a potential biohazard and should be handled appropriately and with care.  The participant is responsible for the safe handling, storage and disposal of RCPAQAP proficiency testing materials in such a way that ensures that the proficiency testing materials will not cause any harm to any person.

The participant understands and acknowledges that, given the nature and characteristics of RCPAQAP proficiency testing materials;

  • laboratory staff should be trained in the handling of infectious materials
  • proficiency testing materials should be processed in a laboratory environment as identified by the relevant legislative requirements
  • they are aware of all matters that concern the safe handling, storage and disposal of proficiency testing materials;
  • they have the facilities and processes required for the safe handling, storage and disposal of proficiency testing materials;
  • that they follow Standard Safety Precautions when handling potentially infectious materials.
  • they utilise Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as identified by the relevant legislative requirements for the routine handling of potentially infectious materials.

Composition and Information on Ingredients

Products contain the below components:

CAS# Component Percentage estimates
57-13-6 C14 Urea <0.04%
Not Applicable Non-hazardous ingredients (exhaled human air) 99–100%

First-aid Measures

If accidental contact with material occurs laboratory staff should follow appropriate first aid procedures for exposure to an equivalent clinical specimen. Following exposure, medical advice should be sought. If accidental spillage occurs, follow routine procedures for clean-up of potentially biohazardous materials.

Firefighting Measures

Not applicable. Combustion of the plastic sample container may produce carbon and nitrogen oxides.

Accidental Release Measures

Personal protective equipment such as gloves, gown and protective eyewear should be used before cleaning any spills. Dispose any sharps in a safe disposal system. Clean the area with absorbent paper and clean excess with suitable disinfectant (such as bleach or 70% w/v alcohol).

Handling and Storage

On arrival, samples should be stored as per instructions on each sample kit. Samples have been shown to be stable when transported at ambient temperature.

Samples should be re-constituted or prepared according to Survey Instructions provided.

Exposure Controls and Personal Protection

Samples are only intended for processing in a clinical laboratory facility and should be handled in the same manner as routine patient samples using universal precautions and appropriate personal protective equipment. Biosafety Level 2 precautions at a minimum should be used.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Products may contain:

Gas Balloon, containing exhaled air and C14 Urea

Radioactive material with Radiological Half-life: 5730 years

Maximum Effective Dose Equivalent: < 0.3 mrem/µCi

Stability and Reactivity

This material is stable under normal temperatures and pressures, is non-reactive, and polymerization will not occur.

Conditions to avoid: None currently known.

Toxicological Information

The test capsule provided to a patient produces radiation exposure equal to 24 hours of normal background. In animal experiments, such low doses of radiation do not carry measurable risk. The QAP sample is made using the same test capsule in an in-vitro setting, so has even less radiation exposure compared a patient undergoing the Urea Breath test procedure.

Ecological Information

No data currently available. No known adverse effects.

Disposal Information

Dispose as clinical waste in suitably identified containers using a registered clinical waste disposal contractor (same as for patient samples).

Transport Information

Proper Shipping Name: Exempt Human Specimens
UN Number: Not Applicable
Hazard Class/Packing Group: Exempt Human Specimens
Labels Required: Exempt human specimens
IATA Packaging Requirements: Sample is not subject to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as long as the specimen is transported in triple packaging that prevents leakage.

Regulatory Information

Not Applicable.

Other Information

Reviewed annually as part of the RCPAQAP compliance with ISO/IEC 17043.

The information provided in this document is believed to be accurate and represents the best information currently available to us. The RCPAQAP make no warranty or merchantability or any other warranty, express or implied, with respect to such information, and we assume no liability from its use. Users should make their own investigations to determine the suitability of the information for their particular purpose. In no event shall the RCPAQAP be liable for any claims, losses or damages of any third party or for lost profits or any special, indirect, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages, howsoever arising from the use of this product or the information contained in the Safety Data Sheet.