Frequently Asked Questions - Chemical Inventory

Q: What do I include in my inventory in Chemical Inventory System (CIS)?

A: You are encouraged to include all hazardous materials in your inventory so the information is readily available to emergency responders. 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, are required to be in CIS.
Many materials should not be entered in the chemical inventory, however, per the What to Include in Your Inventory table. If you are still unsure what to include, please contact EH&S.

Q: How do I get access to CIS?

A: Anyone who was registered on Labs @ Berkeley (L@B) roster tools of December 2014 and is in a lab that contains hazardous materials has been given a user account with access to their lab’s chemical inventory.

New users may request access three ways:

Contact Russ Blackmar at or (510) 643-8187 for members added to labs after December 2014, or if you are a PI, to limit access to your chemical inventory.

Submit a Login Request

  1. Visit
  2. Select ‘University of California, Berkeley’ from the dropdown menu.
  3. Log in with CalNet credentials
  4. Select the ‘User Type’
    Principal investigators, supervisors, and storeroom managers select ‘Principal Investigator (PI)’. All other users select ‘Authorized User (AU)’.
  5. In the section ‘Information About the Principal Investigator’, enter the name of your principal investigator or manager in the ‘PI Name’ field. Leave the ‘PI ID’ and ‘PI EPPN’ fields blank.
  6. Click the black ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page.
  7. The EH&S CIS Administrator will grant you access based on this information, and notify you via your publicly available UC Berkeley email address.

Your PI may grant you access.


Q: As a PI, how do I grant access to members of my lab?

A: Log into CIS, and select the ‘Authorized Users’ tab from the top of the page. On the next page, click the ‘Add Additional Contact’ button on the upper left of the screen. Enter the user’s name, and their UC Berkeley email address, then click ‘Submit’.

The user will receive an email with a unique ID code, and instructions for how to enter that code and gain access to CIS.

Q: What if I can't find my material in 'Lookup'?

A: If you cannot find the item you need in ‘Lookup’, contact the EH&S CIS administrator, Russ Blackmar, at Include the item name, CAS number, and any other available information (SDS) in the email. Most items can be added to ‘Lookup’, and a response will be sent via email when the requested item is available for selection.

Q: What’s in store for CIS?

A: There are several features EH&S hopes to implement in the future, including barcode scanning, chemical structure diagrams with searching capability, upload capability, department-wide view-only access, and SOP-required chemical matching. EH&S will continue to provide updates as additional features become available.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact the CIS administrator Russ Blackmar.