5.3 Chemical Inventories

  • Inventories must be created in EHS Assistant.
  • The responsibility for creating and maintaining the chemical inventories rests with the chemical users. Chemical users are responsible for providing and maintaining current inventories for the BET. The BET is responsible for facilitating the use of EHS Assistant so inventories are available for emergency responders.
  • The BET will have read-only access to inventories on EHS Assistant. Unless the BET members are separately responsible for a lab or other building area inventory, they will not be updating or entering data.
  • All hardcopy inventories must be maintained in the Go Kit.
  • Access to the EHS Assistant inventories will be made available to the BET as described in section 5.1. Areas that maintain inventories on a different system should either allow the BET access to this system or provide a routinely updated hardcopy of their inventory. Areas maintaining inventories in hardcopy should provide copies to the BET and keep them routinely updated.

5.3.1 Laboratory Inventories

Laboratory locations include teaching, electronic, research and medical laboratories. All laboratory chemical inventories are maintained in EHS Assistant and made available to emergency responders. The BET must maintain their EHS Assistant log-in in the Go-Kit.

5.3.2 Non-Laboratory Inventories

There are locations outside of labs that contain significant quantities of chemicals. These include maintenance areas, water treatment rooms, janitorial closets, and stock rooms. These locations are also identified on the floor plans. Chemical inventories for non-lab areas must also be created, using either EHS Assistant. The BET should obtain contacts for these areas and maintain them in the Go-Kit. Room number or other identifying information must be included with the contact information.

5.3.3. Building Systems Inventories

Building Systems such as piping, vats, water treatment equipment in or around buildings may contain hazardous chemicals. Examples include: liquid nitrogen or air tanks, piping systems for diesel generators. EHS will provide information on the location and size of these storage systems. The BET should contact Facilities Management for further information on these areas and to obtain copies of inventories.