Chemical Inventory Information

Chemical Inventories Needed for Each Lab

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new that requires all chemical facilities (including colleges and universities) to report to them if they possess certain chemicals over their "screening threshold quantity".  We have included further details below from their summary of the rule. 

It is important to have an inventory of each lab on campus -- if we don't know what we have, we don't know whether we need to report to the DHS.

It should be noted that the threshold for some of the chemicals is "any amount".  In order to determine if we have any of the chemicals of interest, and in what amounts, we need a complete inventory of the chemicals on campus.To that end, we are asking each lab to provide EH&S with a complete chemical inventory yearly.  This includes any common areas, walk-in coolers, or other shared spaces.   Please be sure to use this form to make it easier to compile the information.  It is imperative that this inventory be done completely and in a timely manner in order to comply with federal regulations.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Questions about filling out the form

The form is a little confusing, so we have added some further instruction.

For the amount, we are asking for the amount listed on the bottle, not the estimated amount left in the bottle.

Amt is the amount in the bottle
Size is the unit of measure
Container Count is the number of containers of that size.

So, for instance if you have 2 50-gram bottles of sodium chloride, you would have

Chemical name




Container Count

Date in

Sodium chloride







Also, the column labeled "Shelf" is optional; if you want to be that specific about the location in your lab, you can.  If not, you do not have to.Similarly, hazard type and NFPA rating are for your use; these will help you determine the correct information to put on your green door placard.


Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards -- Summary

Federal Register, April  9, 2007, Page 17687 - 17745

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) issues this interim final rule (IFR) pursuant to Section 550 of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 (Section 550), which provided the Department with authority to promulgate "interim final regulations" for the security of certain chemical facilities in the United States. This rule establishes risk-based performance standards for the security of our nation's chemical facilities. It requires covered chemical facilities to prepare Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs), which identify facility security vulnerabilities, and to develop and implement Site Security Plans (SSPs), which include measures that satisfy the identified risk-based performance standards. It also allows certain covered chemical facilities, in specified circumstances, to submit Alternate Security Programs (ASPs) in lieu of an SVA, SSP, or both.

The rule contains associated provisions addressing inspections and audits, recordkeeping, and the protection of information that constitutes Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI). Finally, the rule provides the Department with authority to seek compliance through the issuance of Orders, including Orders Assessing Civil Penalty and Orders for the Cessation of Operations.

More information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security's website.

Final Rule Announced

The final Rule was announced November 20, 2007.  The final Appendix A can be found here.