Q: What do I include in my inventory in Chemical Inventory System (CIS)?
The Chemical Inventory System (CIS) was launched in December 2014. CIS replaces the obsolete 4D/Citrix-enabled database. Most information stored in the old database has been uploaded into CIS. Chemical inventories for each lab are now accessible by logging into CIS using CalNet credentials.
Chemical Inventory System (CIS) tracks the storage and use of hazardous materials on all UC campuses. UC Berkeley is required to report that information, and these reports are compiled by EH&S. In addition, CIS assists emergency responders and provides all lab members with a tool with which to track hazardous items in their rooms.
Anyone responsible for an area where hazardous materials are stored is required to maintain a complete chemical inventory. This includes, but is not limited to, people in the following roles:
You are encouraged to include all hazardous materials in your inventory so the information is readily available to emergency responders. The following examples are materials required to be in CIS: all materials that are toxic, oxidizing, corrosive, reactive, carcinogenic, or flammable, as well as any liquids and gases under pressure including liquid nitrogen tanks and compressed air cylinders. However, many hazardous materials should not be placed in the chemical inventory, per the table below. If you are unsure what to include, please contact EH&S.
EH&S Fact Sheets and Guidelines can also serve as guidance for lab-specific SOPs*. Fact Sheets that are starred, although general in nature, can be used as SOPs. If they do not sufficiently address the procedures used in your lab, build on the content of the Fact Sheets to develop a lab-specific SOP.
Lab Safety Policies
Consulting, Monitoring, and Inspections by EH&S
EH&S provides chemical exposure monitoring, laboratory safety consulting, and regulatory compliance inspections for all laboratories on campus. To schedule these services, contact EH&S at email@example.com or 642-3073.