Chemical Inventory - Managing Hazardous Materials
Setting up and managing a Chemical Inventory can be a difficult task, even when you think you have done your research or have prepared yourself with a spreadsheet or list to follow. The difficulty comes when you begin attempting to cross-reference Chemicals with the Vendor SDS, which may create significant problems if you are unable to do so.
Tracking chemicals in the workplace requires detailed knowledge of all possible "hiding places". Chemicals can be found in the strangest places –and they can be easily overlooked.
It is not always obvious that certain items can also be considered “chemicals" – did you know that welding rods and certain building materials (ie. insulation batts, bricks) may be hazardous if exposure to by-products occurs? As a result, you may not be able to perform risk assessments for the whole site.
Chemicals often interact explosively with other chemicals, so storage location may be a problem if you need to have multiple chemicals with a certain distance between them. The Inventory must identify the distance between chemicals so that appropriate incompatibilities reporting can take place.
We will conduct a physical inventory of all hazardous chemicals including *consumer products.
*Consumer products are products that do not require a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) when purchased by a consumer in a retail setting, however, some of these products do require an SDS when they are brought into the workplace (example: paints, hand soaps, inks)
We will compile a list including:
- Amount – unit of measure (i.e 1 litre)
- Chemical name (i.e Acetone)
- Container type (i.e Glass bottle)
- Manufacturer (i.e Aldrich)Exact location (i.e Building C, Warehouse Office, Shelf A)
We will also update the chemical inventory database when you:
- Move to a new location
- Acquire a new hazardous chemical
- Your inventory volumes change more than 10%
- You remove a chemical from your inventory