Is my lab required to have a Chemical Inventory?

As of January 2013 chemical inventory is required as initiated by the Chemical Hygiene Committee. Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is helping to establish a campus wide chemical inventory system to improve handling of hazardous materials on campus. Each lab supervisor will be responsible for maintaining and updating his/her inventory. Inventories must be maintained for all hazardous chemicals. The BioRAFT ChemTracker Module Quick Start Guide provides information in regards to tracking and maintaining chemical inventories. The use of the BioRAFT ChemTracker chemical inventory module has been paid for by the university and is free to labs. For more information on the BioRAFT ChemTracker Module contact the EH&S Office at (617) 373-2769 or email ehs@northeastern.edu.

 


 

Examples of Chemicals that should be included in your Chemical Inventory:

The following websites have lists of chemicals that must be included in the lab inventory.

Note: these lists are not all inclusive.

 

Why keep a Chemical Inventory?

There are many benefits to keeping an inventory of the chemicals you use in your labs. It helps prevent spending money on chemicals that might already be on hand and helps keep tabs on expensive chemicals that you need for your research or work. It helps get your area up and working again quickly after an emergency and informs emergency responders who arrive at the scene so that they can respond appropriately and help minimize damage.

 

What are my options for storing my inventory information?

NU has subscribed to the BioRAFT ChemTracker module which provides a method for tracking your chemical inventories while linking them to a robust central database. The use of the BioRAFT ChemTracker chemical inventory module has been paid for by the university and is free to labs. ChemTracker is a secure system that has sophisticated user authorizations administration capabilities. If you would like to know more please call us at (617) 373-2769 or email us at ehs@northeastern.edu.

 

How do I use ChemTracker?

Please refer to the BioRAFT ChemTracker Module Quick Start Guide for information in regards to tracking and maintaining chemical inventories. All PIs and “group compliance liaisons” have Initial access to ChemTracker, although PIs can grant  access to others within their lab on BioRAFT.

 

How do I access ChemTracker?

If you are already an authorized BioRAFT user, log on to myNortheastern. In the self-service tab look for the Environmental Health and Safety Services section and select EH&S Training and Lab Management Platform, or access the BioRAFT login from the EH&S website homepage. Once you are logged into BioRAFT, select “+ ChemTracker” to the left of the webpage.

 

 


 

For more information, contact EHS at (617) 373-2769 or send an email to ehs@northeastern.edu.