Chemical Inventory Fact Sheet
Federal, state, and local regulations require LaGuardia
Community College to inventory the types and quantities of its hazardous
materials. The Chemical Inventory Program, coordinated by the Office of
Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), tracks and reports the storage and
use of hazardous materials. The inventory assists emergency responders,
provides campus users with specific hazard and storage information, aids in the
sharing of chemicals, and reminds users to dispose of sensitive chemicals
before they become unsafe or expensive to dispose of.
This Fact Sheet will help you decide if you need to do a
chemical inventory for your area.
Who needs to do a chemical inventory?
Principal Investigators, supervisors, storeroom managers,
and anyone else in charge of areas where hazardous materials are stored must
prepare and maintain an updated chemical inventory (or delegate this
responsibility to someone within your department).
Department administrators are responsible for ensuring that
their department has accurate and current chemical inventories on file at
Which hazardous material must be inventoried under this
A hazardous material
is any material that, because of its quantity, concentration, physical
characteristics, or chemical characteristics, poses a significant present or
potential hazard to human health and safety or to the environment if released.
Materials to report in a chemical inventory include, but are not limited to:
Laboratory Chemicals: acids, bases, solvents, mercury,
metallic salts, halogenated compounds, toxic substances such as lead compounds
and acrylamide, mixtures of hazardous chemicals
Compressed Gas: toxic gases, pressurized gas cylinders of
pure gases or mixtures of gases
Liquids Under Pressure: liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen,
propane, aerosols, chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants (liquid/gas phases)
Paints and Inks: both water- and oil-based paints, spray
paints, printing inks or pastes
Solvents and Spirits: degreasers, kerosene, paint thinners
Lubricants: pump oil, hydraulic oil, motor oil, brake fluid,
Finishes: varnishes, shellacs, floor waxes, lacquers
Fuels: gasoline, camping fuel, diesel fuel
Maintenance/Structural Materials: asphalt-containing
roofing, adhesives, and bonding agents
Grounds/Landscape Materials: fertilizers, plant food
supplements, soda ash
Pesticides: insecticides, rodenticides, acaricides,
fungicides, defoliants, herbicides
Photographic Materials: developers, reducers, stabilizers,
activators, fixers, stop bath
Custodial Materials: cleaning agents, bleaches, floor
strippers, soaps and detergents, disinfectants, corrosive products, ammonia
Note: Other hazardous materials, such as biological agents
and radioactive materials, should not be included in the chemical inventory
since they are tracked under separate EH&S programs. Very small quantities
of hazardous materials (such as liquid toners and cleaners stored in offices)
need not be reported. Call EH&S at 5507 if you have a question about
whether a chemical or other material needs to be reported through the Chemical
Where are hazardous materials found?
• Research and teaching labs
• Building operations
• Underground storage tanks
• Custodial closets
• Swimming pools
• Containers under pressure such as liquid nitrogen tanks and gas cylinders
• Animal care
• Fine and performing arts areas
When is the inventory due?
Each department must submit an update at least annually. All
lists must be up to date as of January 1st of each year. EH&S sends
reminders to departments at the beginning of the reporting period, along with
instructions and specific due date.
In addition to the scheduled updates, if there are any
significant changes such as room relocations, increased maximum amounts, new or
dangerous chemicals added, or changes in names and phone numbers of key
contacts, you must submit updates to EH&S within 30 days of the change.
Contact your department safety liaison for assistance in
getting started, or call EH&S (5507) for assistance and training.
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