Chemical Safety

Chemical Inventory

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:

What to Include in Your Chemical Inventory

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.