Chemical Inventory


You are responsible for all chemicals in your area regardless of ownership.
Store chemicals properly.
A continuous inventory is far less hassle than a yearly one.
(this database last updated 12/15/2016)



chemical bottlesWe have about 3500 bottles of chemicals at the Station, most of which are at least mildly hazardous, some extremely hazardous. For safety reasons, it is important to maintain accurate records of how much and where these chemicals are.

One added benefit is that it was easy to use this list to produce the above program for finding chemicals, here at the Station. So, when you need some more sucrose, you can look it up and go to the lab that has it and ask to borrow some.

Chemical Inventory is due each December 1. The exact date is presented at the annual HMS Safety Meeting, usually near the 1st.

Inventory can be done with the Chemtraker program from main campus or working through Chris, x216.

The BEST WAY to do the chemical inventory is to maintain it continuously. You can do this by printing the FORM and filling it out as chemicals come in or are used up. Then at regular intervals your Chemical Safety Officer enters the new information into the database.

ALTERNATIVELY you do a complete inventory of your labs chemicals EVERY YEAR! In the old Epel lab, this tookseveral people several days to complete. Doing a yearly inventory does take longer, in terms of total time, than the continuous method. Also, you do not have an accurate database for finding chemicals and knowing what is on hand. This can lead to unnecessary ordering of chemicals, that you have, but cannot find. This can lead to unnecessary searching for chemicals you thought you had, but have used up.


ALL chemicals must be stored properly. That means:

  • In designated storage groups. See hazards if you don't know.
  • Storage areas must have storage area guide posted [Chris has more of them] and storage groups must have the proper storage group letter/logo posted visibly
  • This goes for waste also. One location per lab. Sort as to storage groups.

QUESTIONS? See Chris, x216

Last modified Thu, 15 Dec, 2016 at 14:56