Getting Your Chemical Inventory Under Control in 9 Steps

In the 1980s, several key industrial accidents brought worldwide attention to chemical safety for workers and nearby communities. Thus was born the EPCRA, which combines and complements the plethora of regulations that came before and after. With years of experience and regulatory agencies keeping the pressure on worker safety, best practices have emerged that we can all learn from!


9 Steps to Get Your Chemical Inventory Under Control

This one of five helpful checklists in the ChemSW White Paper “How to Survive a Chemical Management Audit.”

1) What inventory do you have? Let’s get a comprehensive list going. This is made very easy by best practices chemical inventory software, such as ChemSW’s CISPro™, which tracks chemicals using a bar code system and generates a real-time inventory list.

2) What chemical processes are in play? Who does what, when, where and with which chemicals?

3) Get your hands on some nice checklists, such as the ones available in the ChemSW best practices white papers. You can find insider checklists from industry leaders sharing their years of experience in chemical inventory management and safety.

4) With your best practice checklists in hand, now it’s time to audit. That words has a serious ring to it, and audits are certainly important. An internal audit is a wonderful opportunity to catch problems and fix them before a regulatory agency conducts an audit. Employees can be a great resource for auditing chemical safety processes and finding new solutions.

5) Look for gaps in the safety processes throughout the life of the chemical while it’s on site. Conducting a gap analysis from chemical receipt to disposal is another great way to get your inventory under control.


6) With the checklists in one hand and the gap analysis in the other, now is the time to create intentional standard operation procedures (SOPs) for end-to-end chemical safety. Everyone goes home happy when his or her job is safer.

7) How will you manage your inventory in light of these SOPs? Find a bar code tracking system that can leverage cloud technology and enable turnkey reporting. Make it easier on yourself!

8) All of this means nothing until your users adopt your new processes, so the next step is training your employees to use the new SOPs and inventory software solutions.

9) Finally, as your teacher always told you, check your work! Now is time for a full-on internal chemical safety audit. Clean out all the metaphoric skeletons from your closets, and loop back around to fix any issues that you find. Regular audits will tighten up your inventory control and make sure you’re prepared for a high-stakes external audit.


Give yourself some time to get through this checklist, but first give yourself a pat on the back for working on improving safety for your facility! In reality, these steps can save the lives of your employees and emergency responders. That’s a powerful move.

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