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.

What to include in your inventory What not to include
All chemicals and chemical products (except those listed to the right) Retail products used and stored in amounts and frequencies typical to ordinary household usage.
All compressed and liquefied gases Etiologic agents (bacteria, viruses, select agents, and toxins)
Lubricants, fuels, and oils (motor oil, gasoline, diesel, vacuum pump oil) Biological culture media, agar, serum proteins, albumin
Aerosol lubricants Enzyme preparations
Paints including spray-paints Non-hazardous buffers
Pesticides and biocides Radioactive materials (unles mixed with hazardous chemicals)
  Pre-packed test kits for medical labs
  Commercially packaged drugs in solid, final form (tablets, pills) for direct administration
  Commercial food, drugs and cosmetics, covered by the FDA
  Materials to be used within 1-2 days (“working solutions”)
  Hazardous waste