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Chemical Inventory, Storage and Handling

Chemical Inventory 

  • Each PI/Lab Manager is required to maintain an inventory of chemicals stored and produced in their laboratory.
  • Laboratories can use the SBU EHS Chemical Inventory form or any other template that includes full chemical name, CAS number, Manufacturer Name.
  • Nitric acid is one of the chemicals of interest regulated by DHS and a separate inventory must be maintained (Nitric Acid Security Plan).

Chemical Storage and Handling 

  • Label all chemicals: Make sure all labels are legible and in good condition. Unknown chemicals can be expensive to dispose of.
  • Label chemical storage areas.
  • Store chemicals in cabinets and on shelving provided for such storage.
  • Do not store incompatible chemicals in close proximity to each other.
  • Provide secondary containment for liquids that can contain 100 percent of your largest container or 10 percent of total volume whichever is greatest 40 CFR 264.175.
  • Avoid storing chemicals in the fume hood or under the sink.
  • Keep containers closed unless you are dispensing a chemical or adding to the container.


Related Documents

Chemical Storage Guide 

Chemical Inventory Template