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Managing Laboratory Chemicals Made Simple

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Poster Session I

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center




  • E. R. Reid
  • C.G. Campos
  • J. Glass
  • L.V. Kibiuk
  • C. Hernandez
  • D. E. Wilson


A successful chemical management plan includes maintaining an updated chemical inventory, properly storing all laboratory chemicals, and managing chemical waste appropriately and efficiently. Management of laboratory chemicals is the responsibility of everyone involved in the purchase, use and disposal of such chemicals. The focus of this poster is to present laboratories with a simplified process to manage their on-site chemical stocks. Although, chemical inventories are not mandatory in research laboratories, they nevertheless are beneficial. As noted by the National Research Council (1995), “Prudent management of chemicals in any laboratory is greatly facilitated by keeping an inventory of the chemicals stored” (p. 69). Maintaining an inventory assists researchers in preventing duplication of purchases to help save money. It also allows for proper storage, ensuring space limitations are not exceeded and facilitates progression of research by allowing uninterrupted experiments. Finally, following proper waste handling and disposal guidelines creates a safe work environment. By following these three steps, risks associated with chemicals are minimized to laboratory personnel, support staff and the environment. National Research Council. Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1995.

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