Chemical Inventory

Maintaining accurate chemical inventories is a regulatory requirement and is essential to ensuring the safety of first responders who may need to enter UCSF buildings. At UCSF, Principal Investigators (PI’s) are responsible for maintaining accurate chemical inventories of all hazardous chemicals used in their laboratories. Chemical inventories must be updated annually, anytime the inventory significantly changes, and whenever a new storage and use location is added. 

UC Chemicals

To assist PIs in maintaining an accurate chemical inventories, EH&S is introducing a user-friendly chemical inventory management system called UC Chemicals.  Sign-on to UC Chemicals is through MyAccess.


Features of UC Chemicals

  • Allows easy tracking and maintenance of containers using a barcoding system. 
  • Inventories may be managed using a mobile app and/or a desktop web application.
  • The mobile app utilizes a mobile device’s camera to scan barcodes, avoiding the need to enter items manually.
  • The chemical library provides detailed chemical information including physical and chemical properties, structural information, hazard codes, and links to Safety Data Sheets.
  • The app allows users to define sub locations for chemical storage areas including shelves and cabinets making it easier to find and track chemicals in an inventory.
  • The app enables users to create chemical networks with other PIs so that laboratories may easily share chemicals while still controlling access to inventories. 

Getting Started Using Chemicals

To get started using UC chemicals, email [email protected]. EH&S will arrange a time to come out to your laboratory, train everyone on how to use the system, and set up your laboratory's UC Chemicals account.

Additional Resources

UC Chemicals Guide — App

UC Chemicals Guide — Web Browser

UC Chemicals Guide — Lab Moves

UC Chemicals Help Page [Log in using your UCSF credentials]

What to Include in Your Chemical Inventory

UC Chemical Inventory Project

UC Chemicals Cheat Sheet - for Lab Members

Video Tutorials:

Chemicals Demo

Scanning and Barcoding

Inventory Search

Sharing a Container

Borrowing a Chemical



If you have any additional questions, or need barcodes please email [email protected]