CEMS Chemical Inventory System Barcode

Below is the secure link to the "CEMS" Chemical Inventory System, and access to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS or SDS) for the Chemistry, Biology, Botany and Neuroscience departments. MSDS/SDS for all other departments are found on the appropriate "MSDS/SDS by Department page.




IMPORTANT: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)  

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) (6 CFR, Part 27) Final Rule, published November 20, 2007, imposes comprehensive federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities.

A chemical facility is defined in 6 CFR Part 27 as "any establishment that possesses or plans to possess, at any relevant point in time, a quantity of a chemical substance determined by the Secretary to be potentially dangerous or that meets other risk-related criteria identified by the Department."

A risk-based approach is used to screen and to secure chemical facilities as determined by the DHS that "present high levels of security risk."  In order to make that determination, CFATS requires facilities in possession at or above the listed Screening Threshold Quantity (STQ) of DHS defined Chemicals of Interest (COI) to complete the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Top-Screen.

Over 300 COI that DHS believes may pose significant risks to human life or health if misused by terrorists are listed in Appendix A. The COI are organized by security and vulnerability issues by the following potential uses by a terrorist:

  • steal, divert, or otherwise acquired to use as a weapon at another time and place (Theft/Diversion COI); or
  • sabotage or contaminate to explode or release in transit (Sabotage COI); or
  • release as an explosive or to form a flammable or toxic cloud (Release COI).

Colleges or universities may have high-risk facilities, such as research laboratories, which may require enhanced security protocols by the Top-Screen process.

Responsibilities of COI Owners

According to CFATS, any facility possessing COI has 60 days to report when the amount of any COI meets or exceeds the Screening Threshold Quantity (STQ). To comply with CFATS, an accurate chemical inventory is essential:

  1. Chemical owners must affix a barcode label and enter all chemical acquisitions into the CEMS database. (Barcodes are located next to the computers in New London Hall and Hale Laboratory Chemical Stockrooms.)
  2. Empty chemical containers must be promptly deleted from the CEMS database.
  3. Laboratories must update inventories every 60 days to ensure regulatory compliance.
  4. All new chemical acquisitions must be checked against CFATS Chemical of Interest (COI) -- Appendix A at the time of purchase. Notify the Director of EH&S that a COI is being purchased.

The Director of E&HS runs a report on all chemical inventories every 60 days to monitor levels of COIs. These updates assists us in preventing any COI that is close to the STQ from exceeding it, or enables us to report to DHS within the 60 day limit any COI that is over the STQ.

Adherence to these procedures is mandatory. Failure to comply with CFATS regulations may result in DHS assessing civil penalties of $25,000 per day per violation and/or requiring the facility to cease operations.

Colleges & Universities and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) June 2012