Change Notice No. 1
2.0 Chemical Management Program
An effective chemical management program has a number of definable elements.
First and foremost, the program is part of the site's overall ISMS. However, there
are some elements familiar to any manager or safety and health professional that,
while not unique to chemical management, should be addressed in terms of the
hazards posed by chemical usage.
This chapter addresses ten elements, which can serve as the foundation of a
comprehensive chemical management program. However, the breakdown of a
chemical management program into any number of elements is an artificial process
due to the considerable overlap between elements. By looking at chemical
management in a broader sense, one can see that the management of chemicals is a
continuum, which begins during the planning of work prior to purchase and
continues through the final disposal of the chemical. For example, acquisition of
chemicals usually does not consider the disposal of the chemical.
The disposal of chemicals may not be considered part of the chemical management
program, but rather is included in the site's environmental management program.
However, if pollution prevention is integrated into analyses of chemical
management operations, then operators can consider ways to minimize the
generation of wastes and prevent pollution and releases for any operation. It is
therefore important to ensure good coordination with the site's chemical
management staff and the pollution prevention/waste minimization staff.