What is Chemtracker and Why Do I Need to Use it?-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What is Chemtracker and Why Do I Need to Use it?

Chemtracker is a software package used to maintain chemical inventories here at Carnegie Mellon University. The program was developed at Stanford University and is currently being used be several universities around the country. Access to the program can be found on the EH&S website. Once the chemical owner or user obtains a chemtracker ID and password they can have unlimited access to their chemical inventory. The program allows chemical owners to track and manage their inventories and EH&S to identify safety and compliance needs. The chemical owner even has the option of creating three user defined fields which can store whatever information might be needed. Default fields include manufacturer, chemical name, physical state, formula, and location. The chemical owner can authorize as many users as he or she sees fit and limit what each user can see or modify.

So now you know what Chemtracker is, but why should you use it? Besides the benefits mentioned above, laboratories, research areas, and anyplace that uses or stores hazardous materials must maintain an inventory. This is both a requirement of our Chemical Hygiene Plan and Allegheny County. Having a chemical inventory promotes chemical waste minimization and reduces the chance of purchasing chemicals you might already own. A chemical inventory helps identify chemicals that have expired or have been around too long. Chemtracker allows you to sort your inventory by the date you entered a chemical so it is easy to identify how long a chemical has been in your inventory. Chemtracker also identifies which storage group a chemical belongs in, therefore allowing you to store your chemicals in compatible groups. For these reasons each lab is checked to ensure that they have an inventory in Chemtracker as part of the annual safety audit performed by EH&S. If you have any questions about how to use Chemtracker please ask.

By: Michael Patrick, mjp@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3221