Chemical Inventory

UNM ensures that chemical safety is provided during storage by following policies and regulations in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), NMED (New Mexico State Environment Department), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), and DHS (Department of Homeland Security).

In order to provide a safe work and educational environment, EHS office provides and maintains the ERM service, which is used to keep an up-to-date inventory of the chemicals used by different departments. Most of these chemicals are used in research and classes and are accessible for students and workers. For more information, please contact the EHS Department at 277-2753

The following are a number of Regulations and Policies that require a Chemical Inventory:

UNM Business Policies 6110

  •  Principal Investigator or Possessor of Chemicals is Responsible for Chemical Inventory and MSDSs
  •  Health Science Center is Responsible for Radioactive Material Inventory
  •  Environmental Health and Safety is Responsible for Community Right-To-Know

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (29 CFR 1910.1200)

  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • The facility must have all MSDSs Readily Available for all Products on the Hazardous Chemical List
  • Chemical Inventory

National Fire Protection Association, 2008 Edition (NFPA Chapter 9, Section 9.1 and beyond)

  • Inventories of Storage Containers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Chapter 103 US Code-Title 42, Environmental Protection Agency

  • Facility must Inventory all Hazardous Substances which may Endanger the Environment or Public Health

Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act (Title III of SARA, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Chapter 103 US Code-Title 42 or EPCRA, 40 CFR 355), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Facility must provide a copy of Inventory and MSDS/s of all Hazardous Substances to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the State Emergency Planning Committee (SEPC)

National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS) (Clean Air Act and Amendments thereto), (40 CFR Part 63) (EPA)

  • Facility must Inventory for Listed HAPS and Implement Pollution Controls

U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, Final Rule (6 CFR Part 27, Specifically Appendix A related)

  • Facility must Inventory and Monitor Use of Materials on the Homeland Security List.