Top 10 reasons to do spring cleaning with a chemical inventory

Spring is a great time to take stock of all your chemicals onsite and purge what is no longer required. Having an accurate inventory benefits many areas of your health, safety and environment program. Here are 10 reasons to start spring cleaning and take inventory:

  1. Dispose of obsolete chemicals to minimize the type and the quantity of chemicals in storage. Some chemicals have an expiry date and their chemical state changes over time to become reactive or explosive.
  2. Dispose of chemicals not used in the last year. These pose unnecessary hazards in your workplace.
  3. Ensure PPE inventory and other controls matches the hazards of your chemical inventory.
  4. Check if your emergency plans are up-to-date. If there is an incident do you have an awareness of what exactly is onsite and where it is stored?
  5. Be aware of all physical, health and environmental hazards on-site.
  6. Ensure your SDS Binder matches the product inventory.
  7. See if you can eliminate or substitute high hazard chemicals? See if you require additional monitoring or exposure tracking for chemicals of concern. Do you need additional communication plans (i.e. code of practice, exposure control plans)?
  8. Evaluate if storage of your chemicals is compatible, secure, and properly labelled.
  9. Check if training/education needs to be updated for the hazards on hand.
  10. See if you can optimize chemical purchasing.

Author: chemscape

Michael Phibbs, CIH ROH MBA, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and Registered Occupational Hygienist by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. Mike owns Deerfoot Consulting and has authored 1000's of Material Safety Data Sheets. Mike also owns Chemscape Safety Technologies which offers Chemical Hazard & Risk Management Technologies including MSDS management services with msdsBinders, as well as online WHMIS and TDG training courses.

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