Chemical Inventory/Safety Data Sheet


RIT is legally required to maintain an inventory of the chemicals used campus, track where those chemicals are used, and ensure that the safety information regarding handling and storage of them is readily available. The basic disclosure document, which contains chemical safety information and is required by OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard, is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). This document provides a uniform outline of the potential hazards, the physical and chemical characteristics, and information about special precautions and controls necessary for the use of a chemical.

In order to assist with inventory and information access, the Environmental Health and Safety Department at RIT uses a software system called CampusOptics. Through this software, chemicals are linked to the locations where they are used and the Safety Data Sheets are kept on file for ready access. Through this database, all RIT employees and students have access to SDS sheets for the purpose of finding health/safety information on any of the chemicals onsite.  SDS information can be accessed HERE.

CampusOptics provides a powerful tool for chemical owners to maintain and control their chemical inventories directly from their own web browser. It also allows the EH&S Department to review compliance status and generate annually required regulatory reports. Laboratory personnel and chemical owners are responsible for data entry and for ongoing inventory maintenance. Training on CampusOptics can be acquired from the EH&S Department or users can refer to the CampusOptics Chemical Inventory Guidance Document below for directions on entering chemicals into the database.

Applicable Regulations

OSHA 1910.1200

Inventory Requirements

What to include in your inventory:

  • All chemicals and chemical products (except those listed below)
  • All compressed and liquefied gases
  • Lubricants, fuels, and oils (motor oil, gasoline, diesel, vacuum pump oil)
  • Aerosol cans, spray lubricants
  • Paints, including spray paints
  • Pesticides and Biocides

What not to include:

  • Retail products used for routine household-like activities (cleansers, dish soap)
  • Materials to be expended with 1-2 days (working solutions)
  • Enzyme Preparations
  • Radioactive materials
  • Biological materials
  • Microorganisms
  • Non-hazardous buffers
  • Growth media