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Overview

If you’re reading this, it’s because the system you’re using to manage your chemical inventory probably isn’t working as well as it used to. (Or perhaps it never worked well in the first place!)

As operations, chemical inventories, and R&D all grow and change, so do the demands placed on your chemical inventory management system. Many systems buckle under this added pressure — increasing risk, adding administrative burden, and reducing productivity for you, your team, and everyone else. That can be a recipe for disaster.

We’re here to help. So take a second, breathe, and congratulate yourself on addressing this issue. Let’s dive in!

 

Why do you need chemical inventory management software?

Software is an invaluable resource. Since software makes scaling possible and people more productive, you’ve probably seen chemical inventories at your site get more extensive and more complicated over time.

Think of all the things that need to be tracked accurately, such as:

  • Peroxide-forming chemicals and their expiration dates.
  • Flammable compressed gasses.
  • EPA extremely hazardous substances (EHS).
  • OSHA particularly hazardous substances (PHS).
  • Cleaning products, pesticides, adhesives, paints, etc.
  • Oxidizers.
  • Reproductive toxins.

 

Software is the only way to keep up with the staggering amount of data that must be tracked and maintained — but not just any software will do the trick. For example, using spreadsheets instead of actual tracking tools isn’t a scalable solution.

When it comes to managing your entire organization’s chemical inventory, the tool you choose should work today and also be optimized to meet future needs. No one should have to switch systems soon after a large-scale software evaluation process.

 

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Using chemical inventory software should make it easy for you to:

  1. Find the information you need, even if you’re not sure where to find it.
  2. Access a trusted, regularly updated, modern chemical database.
  3. Edit hundreds of containers at once.
  4. Run a variety of significant reports (e.g., CFATS, Tier II, RTK, IBC).

It should also be simple for laboratory users to regularly input and update their own inventory for you.

 

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Chemical inventory software is risk management software

It’s an old saying: “If you think safety is expensive, try an accident.”

Personally, we’d prefer not to.

Risk — a hazy mix of probability and severity — can be a concept that’s difficult to firmly grasp. As a result, it rarely receives all the funding it should get. That, in turn, leads to unaddressed risks growing, hiding, and worst of all, manifesting as an active problem.

While these are big concepts, it all comes down to the details. A chemical can be properly ID’d as a peroxide former. However, if the expiration date isn’t logged, it still runs the risk of degrading into an explosive substance before someone properly disposes of it. When these risks go unaddressed, your organization’s people, finances, and reputation are all in jeopardy.

It’s paramount that your chemical inventory software makes it easy to track these details and mitigate the resultant risks. Without actionable, real-time, and easily accessible data, it’s challenging to make informed decisions on where to spend your resources.

 

What to look for in a quality chemical inventory software:

 

Inventory Management

You need to know what chemicals your organization has, in what quantities, where they are, who’s using them, when they expire, and all associated hazards. That’s a huge amount of information to track, organize, analyze, maintain, and locate when you need it — not to mention being able to put all this data into the required regulatory report format.

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Chemical Database

If your chemical inventory management is the foundation for a building, then the chemical database is the soil the foundation is dug into. The database’s quality and composition dictate fundamental limits to how good your chemical inventory can be.

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Good Design

We all know the pain of trying to navigate a piece of software that's unintuitive and poorly laid out.

This type of software is time-intensive, draining, and uninviting to use. It’s a combination that’s particularly harmful, as your users are discouraged from regularly updating their chemical inventory.

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Tracking & Barcoding

When you can accurately track your chemical containers, all your downstream efforts become easier, more accurate, and more trustworthy.

The difficulty here is a logistical one. How do you monitor the flux of all the containers, on the range of hundreds to hundreds of thousands? This is a critical place where your chemical inventory management system should be able to do some heavy lifting.

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Chemical Reporting

The most important task for your chemical inventory software is providing the information necessary for regulatory reporting. Reports can easily consume an enormous amount of time and resources, given the specific formats and details needed. Having an incomplete or inaccurate report can have serious ramifications.

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Safety, Productivity, & Risk

When you have to deal with all the minutiae of chemical inventory management —container tracking, regulatory reporting, reconciliation, inspections — it can be easy to get lost in the weeds.

Of course, you don’t do all this work for nothing. There’s a bigger picture here, and losing sight of that can lead to nitpicking, frustration, exhaustion, and dissatisfaction.

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ChemTracker is the best solution I've encountered for managing laboratory chemical inventory and chemical reporting. It's exciting to know this system is supporting laboratory operations across the world!
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Sarina Schwartz-Hinds Manager, Chemical Solutions | BioRAFT

When I help onboard our customers with ChemTracker, I never get tired of hearing the appreciation they have for the system. Helping folks get up and running quickly and easily on a system that is so impactful on our customers' day to-day is really gratifying.
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Rachel Jordan Manager, Implementation Services | BioRAFT

 

We hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of vetting a chemical inventory software, email chemtracker@bioraft.com to let us know. And if you're wondering exactly what to look for in a high-quality, sustainable chemical inventory software solution, our team of experts is standing by to help you out.

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ChemTracker is packed full of valuable features like robust reporting, auto-converting units, an unparalleled chemical database, and barcode/QR code/RFID support.

Give us 15 minutes, and we'll review:

  • What you need from a chemical inventory system.
  • Whether we're a good fit for your needs.
  • Strategies for securing budget.
  • Overview of options for migration and implementation.