The Chemical inventory is an Internet-based tool for assistance with the charting and assessment of chemical and biological hazards in terms of the working environment, fire safety and the external environment.
All chemicals and biological factors at the University of Bergen must be recorded in the Chemical inventory. This is in order that employees and students are able to assess their safety and health risks and the risk of damage to the external environment.
Advantages of the Chemical inventory:
- Safety data sheets are always up-to-date and quality-checked.
- Users can easily maintain an overview of the presence of chemicals and biological factors, which is important both for safety and for financial reasons.
- It is a natural starting point for the risk assessment of chemicals or biological material.
- It offers good reporting options.
- It provides an opportunity for a register of employees who work using specified chemicals such as carcinogens and mutagens, lead, biological factors, asbestos and ionising radiation.
- It provides a tool for drawing up emergency preparedness plans.
Local Chemical Inventory and log in
For a register that provides an overview of substances that are stored and used to work well, all products, quantities and locations must be recorded. In order to keep the register up-to-date, update procedures must be integrated into local purchasing procedures. When logged in to EcoOnline one can find user instructions. Chemical inventory courses are offered on a regular basis.
When creating new user accounts, it is very important that the Feide-ID is set as username (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Common User accounts may be used by for example students in courses and laboratories. Common User Accounts with read access shall not use Feide-ID login, they will have to use a seperate login method.
Safety data sheets
Health, safety and environment data sheets contain information that includes the hazards associated with the use, storage, disposal and transport of the chemical or biological factor in question. Safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals or biological factors used at the unit must be collated in a Chemical Inventory (see Regulations relating to Chemical Inventories). When discharging chemicals remember to keep the safety data sheets for 10 years (REACH).
Labelling of chemicals
All chemicals must be labelled for safety purposes in the laboratory. Bottles, flasks, glasses, etc., used for storing chemicals must be labelled with the content, date, name and, where applicable, warning label. Labels can easily be retrieved from the Chemical Inventory. The labels can be printed out, for example, on self-adhesive labels.
Hazardous chemicals imported, manufactured and/or sold in Norway must be labelled in accordance with the “Regulations relating to the classification, labelling, etc., of hazardous chemicals”. Anyone who manufactures, imports and/or sells hazardous chemicals must ensure that the requirements of the regulations are met. There are, however, exceptions for certain chemicals, such as medicines, radioactive substances, cosmetics, etc.
Together with the Chemical Inventory, the List of Substances – run by State of the Environment Norway – provides information on the properties of hazardous chemicals.
- Regulations concerning Action and Limit Values (the Labelling Regulations)
- State of the Environment Norway
Following a transition period, these regulations will be replaced by new international regulations relating to the labelling of chemicals, CLP/GHS.
Who is your EcoOnline-coordinator?
The EcoOnline-coordinators may provide support regarding "EcoEonline".