General University Reference Utility
To establish a policy for the management of inventories of hazardous chemicals at all locations of The Pennsylvania State University (except the Hershey Medical Center and the College of Medicine).
All administrative and academic work units that have hazardous chemicals must establish and maintain a chemical inventory in the management system as defined herein.
Hazardous Chemical- A substance or combination of substances that because of its quantity, concentration, physical, chemical, or explosive characteristics poses a substantial present or potential danger to humans or the environment. Generally, such chemicals are classified as explosives, compressed gases (flammable and nonflammable), flammable and combustible liquids, flammable solids, oxidizers, poisons, and corrosives. This does not include biohazardous materials (e.g., oncogenic viruses, recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or blood) or radioactive materials . Additional guidance is provided in Appendix A.
Chemical Inventory Management System (CHIMS)- A centralized system coordinated by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to manage inventories of hazardous chemicals in use and storage.
Chemical Inventory Coordinator - The Environmental Health and Safety staff member who administers this program.
Departmental or Work Unit CHIMS Officer - An individual designated by the department or work unit to ensure compliance with this policy in those buildings occupied by the department or work unit.
Chemical Owner - The individual with primary responsibility for the hazardous chemicals. In research labs, this individual will usually be the principal investigator. In other work units (e.g., maintenance shops, art studios, instructional labs, etc.), this individual will usually be the director or manager of the unit. If the facility is shared among several faculty or staff, the department head may be designated as the chemical owner.
System User - An individual who is authorized by the chemical owner to manage his/her chemical inventory data in the CHIMS.
This policy applies to the use and storage of all hazardous chemicals that are used by University activities such as teaching, testing and research laboratories; agricultural operations; areas where large quantities of chemicals are stored; and maintenance shops. These chemicals may cause severe illness or death, or pose substantial environmental threats when improperly stored, transported, treated or disposed.
All chemical owners, supervisors and academic and administrative work units that store hazardous chemicals shall comply with the procedures specified herein.
Chemical owners shall:
Departmental/Work Unit CHIMS officers shall:
Environmental Health and Safety shall:
Department Head or Work Unit Supervisors shall:
Budget executives and budget administrators shall ensure that:
Refer to the following URL for chemical inventory management program requirements, http://ehs.psu.edu/chemical-inventory-management/overview.Additional guidance on what is considered a hazardous chemical may be found in Appendix A.
For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Environmental Protection Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
International Fire Code 2003 Chapter 27 Hazardous Materials General Provisions 2701.5.1, 2701.5.2
SY01 - Environmental Health and Safety Policy
SY14 - Use of Radioactive Materials
SY20 - Hazardous Waste Disposal
SY24 - Use of Regulated and Biohazardous Materials in Research and Instruction
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