||The need to do chemical inventories at Stanford
arises from the legal responsibility of employers
to report to the City of Palo Alto, the County of Santa Clara, and
the State of California, how much and what kinds of hazardous materials
they have. Stanford
policy requires principal investigators, other laboratory supervisors,
and managers of chemical using areas to update their chemical inventories
via SCIMS-web. Additionally, they are required to maintain up to date
room maps and notification sheets in the Life Safety Boxes near each
room where chemicals are kept.
EH&S fulfills legal reporting requirements on behalf of all
facilities on campus. Inventories can also help labs and departments
minimize chemical procurement costs and keep certain hazardous materials
below threshold quantities.
This guide explains how the inventory process now works and provides answers to common
questions asked about chemical inventories.