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Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS)

conklin-pierceMelissa Conklin-Pierce
Chemical Management Safety Specialist
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The Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS) is a barcode-based system to record and manage information about the quantity, location and properties of chemical inventory and biological agents. It automates record-keeping and saves time, money and space by maintaining stock at appropriate levels and eliminating unnecessary purchases.

Other benefits include:

  • Provides access to Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • Increases efficiency by maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all chemicals and making them easy to locate.
  • Automates record-keeping and waste removal requests by identifying chemicals with an Expiration Date if indicated by the manufacturer.
  • Calculates total amount of certain chemicals to comply with the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.

To request a training session, please contact Elisabeth Rowlett.

EH&S Forms

CEMS Forms are located under Laboratory Safety, then "Chemical."

Standard Operating Procedures and Instructions

Manuals and Guidelines

Understanding Safety Storage Cabinets -NEW!


  1. Contact EH&S every time a new chemical container arrives at your lab/shop by following SOP-Request to Inventory New Chemicals on CEMS.
  2. Enter Inner Location for every new container by following the SOP-Add Inner Location on CEMS.
  3. Mark container empty on CEMS as soon as the chemical has been completely used. Follow the SOP-Update Inventory on CEMS.
  4. If logging into CEMS is not feasible at the time, peel off the bar-code of the empty container and attach it to the laminated sheet on your laboratory wall labeled “Attach UTA barcodes of the empty containers here”.
  5. Attend EH&S CEMS training for a refresher. Contact the CEMS Administrator at 817-272-2185 to schedule training.
  6. Refer to documentation in Quick Links window of the CEMS Home page to help you navigate through CEMS.

Helpful Links

Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS)

Search for Safety Data Sheets on CEMS