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.
We are now using BioRAFT, a cloud based solution, to manage this. All laboratories will be notified to participate in 2019 and non-lab areas that have an inventory will be added to the system on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with EHS for assistance.
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 as well as other allied groups (i.e. Biosafety, Radiations Safety, UTIA Safety Office) 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.