|CHEMICAL TRACKING PROGRAM|
A chemical tracking pilot program has been implemented in the University of Michigan (U-M) Department of Chemistry. Initial results of the pilot program are promising. Continuing evaluation of current hazardous waste generation data from the Chemistry building is being performed to determine the overall effectiveness of the pilot program.
40 CFR Parts 260-268.
State of Michigan Act 451 Part 111.
Overview of Procedure
Upon procurement, chemicals are added to the database by common chemical name, quantity, hazard class, and storage location. An individual in need of a particular chemical has the ability to access the database to evaluate what is currently in stock prior to ordering a new bottle.
Existing stocks of chemicals are entered into the database noting the type and quantity of chemical, hazard class, and specific laboratory where the chemical is being stored. New chemicals are entered into the existing database upon receipt. As individual chemical stocks are depleted, the chemicals are removed from the database.
All chemicals are tracked using a bar-code system. As the data is entered into the computer, a bar code is printed with a personalized chemical identification code. The code can be scanned with a hand held scanner linked to the computer to obtain information about that specific chemical.
& Health Precautions/Personal Protective Equipment
Labor costs associated with start up of this project were approximately $22,000 over a period of twenty months. This cost includes training, familiarization with software, and cataloging existing chemical stocks. The costs are representative of two employees working approximately fifteen to twenty hours (combined) weekly. Costs should level out with time to reflect the effort required to enter newly acquired chemical stocks into the system, and remove expended chemicals from the inventory.
At this time insufficient data is available to present cost savings associated with reduced chemical purchase and disposal from the U-M Department of Chemistry.