Q: What is a chemical inventory audit?
A: A chemical audit involves scanning each of your chemical barcodes, adding and replacing barcodes,
adding chemical locations and sub-locations, and helping with chemical organization.
Q: Why is my chemical inventory being maintained?
A: EHS maintains an online chemical inventory to facilitate state and federal regulatory reporting
(ex. Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Right to Know, etc.).
The chemical inventory provides EHS with lab specific chemical hazard information and this,
in-turn, helps EHS provide site specific training. In addition, the chemical inventory provides local
emergency response crews with hazard information.
Q: Do I need to login to the Chemical Inventory Database every time I use my chemicals?
A: No. EHS does not expect researchers to update quantities in the database each time a chemical is used.
EHS encourages you to update your chemical inventory to the Chemical Inventory Database when:
- You recieve a chemical
- You transfer a chemical to a new location, either external or internal to your lab
- You use up a chemical
Q: Will you be auditing gloveboxes and freezers?
A: The Chemical Management Unit would like an inventory of the items in gloveboxes. Please have an
excel spreadsheet with barcodes of what is in each of your gloveboxes. Only in rare cases
that you absolutely need to have an inventory of your freezers and you must supply us with an
excel spreadsheet with the barcodes just like the gloveboxes.
Q: Who do I contact with more information?
A: Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What is chemical amnesty?
A: The Chemical Management Unit(CMU) is offering chemical amnesty for the period that
we are auditing your lab. Prior to the audit, we ask that you physically go through
your chemicals and weed out any outdated/expired/unneeded chemicals. Place them in
an area of the lab for us to process for disposal.