Knowing exactly what chemicals are in your workplace and having a chemical inventory are the first steps toward chemical safety compliance - and a key part of your chemical safety program. Here's some advice from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety that makes sense for US companies, too.
The product inventory also can help you determine if any products require "special attention" or are no longer required so you can make arrangements for their safe disposal. Once you have a clear picture of exactly what chemicals and MSDSs you have, you can move ahead with improving your chemical safety program to:
- reduce your chemical inventory
- improve chemical storage
- review emergency plans
- review staff training needs