From: Benjamin G Owens <bowens**At_Symbol_Here**UNR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Inventory Regulations
Date: September 10, 2012 9:56:43 AM EDT
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The OSHA Hazard Communication standard requires a chemical inventory but of course that regulation doesn't apply directly to laboratories. At the University of Nevada, Reno we are required by our laboratory air emissions permit to maintain a current chemical inventory as we have to use a mass-balance calculation to report air emissions. We use the inventory for many other purposes, to include: required State Fire Marshal hazardous materials reporting, identification of laboratory hazards and CHP needs, safety training needs, communication of laboratory hazards through posting door cards, incident planning and response, and management of laboratories.


Ben Owens
Chemical Hygiene/Biosafety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety Dept., MS 328
University of Nevada, Reno 89557
Office Phone: 775-327-5196
Cell Phone: 775-843-2113
Fax: 775-784-4553

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Debra Brickey
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2012 4:52 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Inventory Regulations


I was wondering if anyone could provide me with the regulations that specifically state that a chemical inventory is required rather than a should or best practice? How frequently must a chemical inventory be updated?

Does the International Building Code (IBC) or the International Fire Code (IFC) require a chemical inventory?

I am working on a presentation to justify the implementation of a electronic chemical inventory such as Chemtracker or ChemSW rather than an annually updated spreadsheet system.

I would appreciate your advice.


Debra Brickey, PhD CBSP
Research Safety Manager
Oregon Health & Science University

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