SCS Chemical Inventory - Program Protocols and Procedures

These are all the protocols and procedures for the chemical inventory.

The Chemical Inventory Program is the result of the University of Illinois compliance with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), 6 CFR Part 27; requiring institutions to track and monitor usage of potentially dangerous chemicals. It also satisfies regulations and guidelines of other bodies such as the EPA, OSHA, and the University of Illinois DRS. 

How It Works 

Researcher/Staff Responsibility

Proper Container Labeling Guidelines

In the vast majority of situations, a chemical will be entered into the inventory, a barcode will be placed on it, and then will be removed from inventory when the container is empty or being disposed of. The following are some exceptions to this rule: 

What Does Not Need To Be Inventoried

Compliance and Accountability 

Getting Started For Users

Chemical Safety EMS is the software package being used to manage the SCS chemical inventory. The Division of Research Safety is also using this software to manage their chemical waste pickups. Both modules are maintained as a single installation so you will use the same login and have access to both systems from the same webpage. The website to access the chemical inventory is You will click on the "Illinois Sign On" button on the left side of the page and use your netID and password to log in to the system. 

  1. Printing Container Barcode Labels

    1. Click on "Inventory" followed by "Container". 

    2. Enter any necessary search criteria to bring up containers that you need to print labels for and click "Search".

    3. Click on the "Actions" button at the top of the page followed by Labels > Storage/Shipping Labels. 

    4. Select the label format "Container Barcode for Zebra 0.75x1.5 UIUC" and click "Ok".

    5. Print the generated PDF file on the installed Zebra label printer. Make sure to adjust the "Custom Scale" to 90% to ensure the proper barcode size and label formatting.cheminventory1.png