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MSDS & Chemical Inventory Management

  • The Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) informally “swears in” all personnel who work with chemicals as a “Chemical Hygiene Officer" to emphasize that good chemical hygiene practices are everybody’s responsibility.
  • Updating of chemical inventories and MSDS’s during annual “Spring Cleanings” initiated by ChE Department Operations has been proven to be effective in controlling chemicals and MSDS’s.
  • Quarterly audits of chemical inventories and MSDS’s and follow up to ensure corrective action to audit items is necessary compliance maintenance in between spring cleanups.
  • PDF’ing MSDS’s at the time of chemical delivery and keeping both an electronic database and hardcopies available ensures capture of MSDS’s for new chemicals and accessibility