Improve Lab Compliance: Automate Regulatory Reporting with a Digital Chemical Inventory Management System

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Proper regulatory reporting regarding chemical inventory can keep first responders safe in the event of an emergency.
Image source: MC2 Nardelito Gervacio via Wikimedia Commons

Some people appreciate rules and the structure they provide. Others like rules for other people, but not necessarily themselves. But no matter where you sit on the issue, one thing is for certain: rules governing the management of hazardous chemicals are here to stay and are only going to get more complex and stringent. A number of regulatory agencies impose strict requirements on firms dealing with large amounts of chemicals. Typically, a comprehensive inventory is required, but some agencies also require maps of storage locations and emergency response plans. Keeping on top of regulatory reporting and maintaining lab compliance can be a daunting task. However, you do have options to help simplify processes. In order to maintain lab compliance more efficiently, your lab may want to consider implementing a digital chemical inventory management system, like Accelrys CISPro.

In addition to providing excellent inventory management capabilities, Accelrys CISPro can also integrate automated reporting to regulatory agencies. Due to the constant evolution of legislation resulting in frequent changes to regulatory forms and requirements, a manual approach to this task can be difficult and frustrating. Accelrys CISPro can minimize the manual effort your lab must put forth in maintaining lab compliance with regulatory agencies through these automated reporting features:

Tier II. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) requires firms to report annually on the types, quantities and locations of hazardous chemicals at their facilities. This mandate applies to any facility that must maintain SDSs under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The Tier II requirements vary by state, but include at least information on the chemical name, amount in storage and storage location. Failure to maintain compliance can result in hefty fees up to $27,500 per day. In the absence of a digital chemical inventory management system, your lab could waste a lot of valuable time and energy preparing a Tier II report and risk non-compliance, resulting in substantial fees. Fortunately, Accelrys CISPro offers automated Tier II reporting to keep you current. The system keeps real-time records of chemical amounts and locations so that you don’t have to.

Fire Code. Fire protection codes and standards are designed to prevent fires from occurring, manage their impact and protect people. From chemical storage to chemical waste, there are hundreds of codes at the U.S. National and International levels that require lab compliance and reporting. Firms with over 10,000 containers chemicals would be hard-pressed to report their inventory for fire code agencies accurately and efficiently without an established and reliable system. Accelrys CISPro features a Fire Code Reporting module to help your firm generate accurate, timely reports automatically, thus relieving your lab members from the burden of manual inventory and reporting.

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Chemical fires can be difficult to control if firefighters aren’t aware of the chemical components.
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Title 19. The California Code of Regulations Title 19 requires firms to maintain a Hazardous Material Business Plan (HMBP) that contains site plan and storage map information showing the facility layout and chemical storage/handling locations, emergency response plans and procedures and employee training information. Accelrys CISPro will generate a complete chemical inventory report for submission.

Simplify lab compliance and streamline reporting to regulatory agencies with the implementation of Accelrys’ digital chemical inventory management system, Accelrys CISPro. By submitting timely, accurate reports, your lab can avoid costly fines and audits associated with noncompliance. Take a look at the Accelrys website for more information on how Accelrys CISPro can automate regulatory reporting and streamline yet another facet of your busy lab.

 

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