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Chemical Inventory

You are responsible for all chemicals in your area regardless of ownership.
Store chemicals properly.
A continuous inventory is far less hassle than a yearly one.


Some other lab might have what you need. ASK, do not take!


old chemical bottlesWe have about 3500 bottles of chemicals at the Station, most of which are at least mildly hazardous, some extremely hazardous. For safety reasons, it is important to maintain accurate records of how much and where these chemicals are.

One added benefit is that it was easy to use this list to produce the above program for finding chemicals, here at the Station. So, when you need some more sucrose, you can look it up and go to the lab that has it and ask to borrow some.

Chemical Inventory is due each December 1.

Inventory can be done with the Chemtraker program from main campus, soon to be BioRAFT.

The BEST WAY to do the chemical inventory is to maintain it continuously. You can do this by printing cheminv.pdf and filling it out as chemicals come in or are used up. Then at regular intervals your Chemical Safety Officer enters the new information into the database.

ALTERNATIVELY you do a complete inventory of your labs chemicals EVERY YEAR! In the old Epel lab, this took several people several days to complete. Doing a yearly inventory does take longer than the continuous method.

NOT HAVING AN ACCURATE INVENTORY means you have no idea what you have already or where it is in your lab.  This can lead to unnecessary ordering of chemicals. This can lead to unnecessary searching for chemicals you thought you had, but have used up.


ALL chemicals must be stored properly. That means:

  • In designated storage groups. See hazards if you don't know.

  • Storage areas must have storage area guide posted and storage groups must have the proper storage group letter/logo posted visibly

  • This goes for waste also. One location per lab. Sort as to storage groups.