Chemical Tracking Solution Improves Risk Management at Large University


With an estimated quantity of chemical containers between 80,000 and 100,000, the Department of Risk Management and Safety at a university of over 400 buildings needed to implement a tracking system to monitor and report all chemical containers on campus at any given time — and with zero margin for error.

Requests for annual sales reports from its major suppliers took too long to obtain and combine, and in the end, the assembled data did not show the actual state of their onsite inventory. What could the university do to provide accurate risk management and campus-wide safety for staff and students?


Avantor Services provided a team that used state-of-the-art inventory management and tracking software to assemble full-spectrum data on all chemicals and chemical waste on campus. This team, consisting of ten workers with laboratory and/or hazardous waste experience, was led by a scientist with a Ph.D. and managed by one of our Lean Six Sigma-trained Business Process Consultants.


The university now has an effective, sustainable tracking system in place to comply with the comprehensive federal security regulations established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. The Avantor Services project was completed ahead of schedule, under budget, and with minimal disruption to the staff and students.