CHEMICAL INVENTORY & CHEMICAL REGISTER
- 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 :
- Please refer to the Guidelines for the Preparation of A Chemical Register endorsed by DOSH to fulfill the Chemical Register.