Chemical Inventory Support for the
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In 2001, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) developed an innovative approach to chemical management using a web-based application called UNHCEMS®. The program, designed by UNH's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) and Research Computing Center  (RCC), enables colleges and universities to manage their chemical inventory from procurement to disposal (“cradle to grave”). 
 

GeoInsight has worked closely with the UNHCEMS® development team to help other colleges and universities implement and maintain their chemical inventory programs. Click here to download a printable description of GeoInsight's UNHCEMS® support services.

How GeoInsight can help your campus get started with UNHCEMS®

  • Kickoff meeting to define project objectives, database needs, and timelines for implementation
  • Establish criteria for chemical inventory and parameters for data collection/data entry
  • Initial coordination with the UNHCEMS® development team to tailor the program to your specific needs
  • Develop an approach for program pilot testing
  • Pilot test the inventory data collection approach on a small scale in a set area to demonstrate the UNHCEMS® program capabilities and effectiveness of the data collection methods
  • Data entry is completed using our own equipment with chemical protective covers
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) trained GeoInsight staff complete inventory tasks at the facility
  • Present pilot test results including site-specific data entry rates, screenshots of your chemical inventory in the UNHCEMS® database, and a detailed evaluation of the inventory collection approach

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  • Chemical inventory includes chemical data entry and barcoding chemical containers
  • Data entry is completed using our own equipment with chemical protective covers
  • In most settings we enter between 50 to 75 chemicals per hour (estimated 600 chemicals per day)
  • Minimal disturbance of operations—no downtime in your work area/laboratory

 

The GeoInsight staff member assigned to your facility is:

  • Experienced working in laboratories and industrial settings
  • Familiar with proper chemical handling and emergency response for high hazard chemicals
  • Able to operate in compliance with your facility’s safety requirements
  • Knowledgable about the UNHCEMS® database
  • Familiar with current labeling codes and proposed Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labeling requirements


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We can provide training to individuals and/or groups. Training generally covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the UNHCEMS® program
  • Adding/removing chemicals from the database
  • Searching the chemical inventory database
  • Managing surplus inventory
  • Methods for filtering data to conduct quality control reviews
  • Reviewing environmental, health, and safety reporting features

 

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  • Overall project coordination, including scheduling chemical inventory with laboratory personnel
  • Comprehensive data quality assurance reviews
  • Updating chemical records to eliminate data gaps 
  • Linking chemical records to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Develop a plan to re-inventory laboratories to verify compliance with inventory maintenance procedures
  • Continuously evaluate and prioritize goals/objectives for use and integration of the UNHCEMS®  program
  • Work with the UNHCEMS® development team to modify the program as your goals and initiatives evolve
  • Provide database administration support including adding new user accounts and responding to user requests
  • Execute UNHCEMS® built-in environmental reporting features and evaluate data
  • Work with the UNHCEMS® development team to create custom data reports to evaluate compliance with local and state building and fire codes

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  • Establish a facility-wide program for managing chemical purchasing, inventory, surplus sharing opportunities, and waste disposal
  • Develop policies and standard management practices that reduce waste, and promote compliance with storage and disposal requirements
  • Optimize the use of the UNHCEMS® program through the implementation of supporting policies, procedures, and management practices

 

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What does the program look like?

Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what UNHCEMS® looks like.

  • Hover around the CEMS dashboard to get a feel for the navigation
  • Search the chemical inventory
  • Filter to customize your search results 
  • Access the MSDS for any chemical in the system
  • Sign up for an online demo from UNH
  • Download a printable UNHCEMS® brochure to share with a colleague