• It is compulsory for each laboratory to have their own chemical inventory and chemical register.
  • Chemical inventory is the list of all chemicals used in the laboratories, whereas Chemical Register is the list of all chemicals hazardous to health used in the laboratories.
  • USECHH Regulation 2000 defines chemicals as :

Chemicals” means chemical elements, or compounds or mixtures thereof, wether natural or synthetic, but does not include micro-organisms.

Chemical hazardous to health” means any chemical or preparation which –

(a) is listed in Schedule I or II;

(b) possess any of the properties categorised in Part B of Schedule I of the Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Packaging and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations 1997 [P.U. (A) 143/97];

(c) comes within the definition of “pesticide” under the Pesticides Act 1974 [Act 149]; or

(d) is listed in the First Schedule of the Environmental Quality (Schedule Wastes) Regulations 1989 [P.U. (A) 139/89];

  • Statutory requirement in USECHH Regulation 2000 :