Chemical Inventory 2020 Expectations
As a reminder, chemical inventory and door hazard signs should continue to be updated for both emergency response and regulatory purposes. However, we understand that it may be difficult to perform a full survey of your group's inventory due to the constraints and limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, we ask that you update only significant changes in your inventory. EH&S will continue to check the dates on door hazard signs during lab inspections, and outside regulatory agencies may do the same. See below for more details.
What to do:
- Inventories must be certified annually. Check your door hazard sign posted outside your room, or check the Inventory Summary page in Chemicals, to see when your inventory was last certified.
- If the certification date is more than one year ago, then it is now time to update and recertify your inventory in Chemicals.
- If your date to recertify is not for awhile, then you do not need to update and recertify right now.
- To update your inventory, log into Chemicals and, at a minimum, make any significant changes.
- Recertify the inventory on the Inventory Summary page (you must have manager or delegate access in Chemicals to do this).
- Using a color printer, print and post new door hazard signs. Please see our Chemicals User Guide for more details.
A significant change to your inventory may include, but is not limited to:
- Rooms added to or removed from the lab
- Acquisition of new hazards, or notably larger volumes of hazardous items already there
- Acquisition of any new toxic, flammable, or oxidizing gases
- Removal of notable and/or particularly hazardous items
- New safety contact personnel to be added to the door hazard sign
If you have any questions about this year's chemical inventory expectations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org