UTK ensures that an inventory of hazardous chemicals on campus is maintained. Each location or group that uses or stores hazardous chemicals must participate in the Chemical Inventory Program.
As we search for a new management system, we will maintain inventories through a SharePoint document library.
- Unit supervisors, principal investigators, and their compliance liaisons will be given direct permissions to their content and will have the ability to share among their groups.
- Departmental leadership (e.g., Department Heads and Lab Safety Advocates) will be granted permission to see all within a department.
- EHS and other campus safety units will have access to all content for operational and emergency needs.
UTK, UTIA, and the Graduate School of Medicine will participate in this process. Need help accessing, editing, or sharing chemical inventories? See our Chemical Inventory Guide.
Why do we do this?
Maintaining up-to-date chemical inventories is required for regulatory compliance and emergency response. Some regulations require that organizations report to them quantities of various hazardous chemicals. Examples include the EPA, TDEC, DHS and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA).
Effective Emergency Response
Environmental Health and Safety staff participate in a 24-hour on-call system. During an emergency response accessing the chemical inventory database may be critical in determining risk whether it be a fire or accidental release.
Not just for labs
The Chemical inventory is not just for labs. Any location that stores hazardous chemicals is included. Examples of non-lab areas are those where materials such as cleaning products or maintenance supplies (such as lubricants, cleaning agents, paints, and industrial solvents) are stored.