Chemical Inventory Management

Sandia National Laboratories’ International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction Department (SNL/IBCTR) has an ongoing mission to reduce chemical risks. In that mission, IBCTR has been actively developing chemical risk management methods and tools. These methods and tools aid chemical facilities seeking to implement measures to support effective chemical risk management practices and support Responsible Care©.

A Chemical Inventory Management System (CIMS) is a system or program that is used to track chemicals at a facility or institution. An effective CIMS begins tracking these chemicals at the point of procurement and continues through use and disposal. The management of chemicals throughout the life cycle (procurement to disposal) is a key concept for the secure management of chemicals at any institution. Inventory tracking, however, is but one piece of a CIMS. A CIMS is a “living system” that requires continual updates and maintenance. In order to maintain a proper CIMS program, requirements include (1) documentation and record keeping, (2) assigning roles and responsibilities, (3) training new staff, and (4) reporting. A standard operating procedure (SOP) is highly recommended to properly document staff responsibilities, operations, and training requirements.

The software provided here is a simplified chemical inventory tool called CMS©. This CMS© Software is designed for use in a single central receiving/storage facility or lab with only a limited number of CMS© authorized users. The software can be adapted for use at a facility with multiple points for chemical receiving and storage.

NOTE: The CMS© Software provided is only one type of software that can be used. There are many other inventory tracking software programs (commercially and publicly available) and we encourage further investigation into these as your management system evolves, expands, or increases in complexity.

CMS© Software installation: Please download the zip folder below which contains all the necessary files for proper software installation

CMS© Installation Guide and User Manual – EnglishArabic – French

CMS© Training Materials

If you are looking for the old Excel-based CIMS go HERE