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ChemTracker System Launch

Announcement of ChemTracker System (chemical tracking system)

We are pleased to announce the implementation of a chemical tracking system on the Morningside Campus.  Columbia University will now be able to comply with recent EPA mandates regarding chemical inventory management and regulatory reporting. These two important goals, compliance with federal, state and city environmental regulations and hazardous waste minimization, will be largely achieved through efficient and appropriate use of this system.

The Columbia University Chemical Tracking System (CTS) Steering Committee, after an extensive review, has selected the ChemTracker Consortium as our CTS tool. Columbia University joins 21 other colleges and universities in the consortium who use this software program that was developed seven years ago at Stanford University.  This system resides in Stanford University’s network center, which is accessible to authorized Columbia University personnel via the Internet.  This software program was chosen not only for its ease of use and versatility in tracking chemical inventories (our minimum EPA-mandated requirement), but also for its many additional features which offer all of us an excellent scientific resource.  In addition, the consortium serves as a forum for the interchange of information and resolution of chemical inventory management issues for the participating institutions.

Chemical tracking will be managed at the point of receipt of chemicals to the campus.  Chemical receiving is being centralized in two locations: ChemStores in Chandler, and a new receiving room in Pupin (next to the CEPSR loading dock). Chemical shipments will be bar-coded by dedicated personnel in these two locations. We expect this new activity to introduce little or no delay to the delivery of chemicals to you.  One additional and new requirement of the system is that empty chemical bottles will need to be discarded in designated waste receptacles so that bar code information can be retrieved and inventories adjusted accordingly.  ChemTracker will allow researchers to monitor their own chemical inventories on-line, if desired.

Pilot implementation of the system will begin the week of March 6, 2006 in Chemistry and will be followed by implementation in  Biological Sciences and Chemical Engineering  starting sometime in April.

If you have any questions about the system, please feel free to contact Jean Lee, Information Technology Manager at EH&S Office, (212)854-8883 or email to: .

Environmental Health & Safety gives many thanks to members of the Steering Committee including the representation from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Purchasing.
Special thanks to Chemical Engineering department for serving as a pilot department with previous vendors