proceed. Otherwise, the requester must complete a 442 form (Agent/Chemical Request and Evaluation
Form) and submit it along with an MSDS for the CPCHA.
Not only does the 442 form establish an acquisition process for a first time purchase of a CPCHA, it
facilitates two other processes. First, it provides accurate and complete information about the CPCHA
that can be entered into the ICMS prior to the acquisition. The Chemical Management Services staff also
uses the form to review the CPCHA, populate information fields in the ICMS, and develop a CDSS for
the CPCHA. Secondly, the request is reviewed by facility environmental and safety personnel, to insure
facility involvement. When all reviews are complete, the CPCHA is procured.
2.3 Chemical Inventory and Tracking
Barcode numbers are used to track chemicals from the time they arrive at the INEEL to disposition. The
barcode numbers are tracked in the INEEL oracle-based database (the ICMS). The ICMS provides
inventory tracking as well as safety information, such as hazards of the CPCHA, storage classification
information (to ensure chemicals are stored compatibly), and carcinogen information. The ICMS is
linked to an electronic data base containing INEEL MSDSs. In addition, the ICMS can generate reports
to support ES&H, emergency response, and facility operations; provides a hazardous agent inventory
information to support industrial hygiene activities, and electronically generates data used for Federal and
state mandated reports.
INEEL is a reservation approximately the size of Rhode Island, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls,
Idaho. There are numerous facilities located around the site on the desert, as well as research facilities in
Idaho Falls. When CPCHA movement between facilities occurs over public highways, Department of
Transportation (DOT) regulations are followed. INEEL maintains an organization that is specifically
tasked with transporting materials according to DOT regulations.
Because of the large number of requirements associated with CPCHA storage, INEEL uses one document
to consolidate all storage requirements. This document is tied to a requirements-management database to
ensure complete coverage and traceability of all requirements. Proper implementation also requires
developing additional procedures for (1) compatible storage of CPCHAs (2) management of time-
sensitive CPCHAs, and (3) adherence to facility storage limits.
The INEEL program that ensures compatible storage of chemicals involves a procedure that describes
how to identify proper storage areas (i.e., a storage area constructed of materials compatible with the item
to be stored) and details a compatibility scheme based on color designations. Employees use the CDSS to
determine what the compatibility classification is for a specific CPCHA and whether there are any special
storage requirements (e.g., refrigeration, keeping under an inert atmosphere).
INEEL also developed a program to manage time-sensitive chemicals that involves use of a procedure
and the CDSS. The procedure directs the employee to the CDSS to determine whether the CPCHA is a
time-sensitive material and, if so, its class. The procedure then describes how the employee should
manage time-sensitive chemicals, inspect expired containers, and test the CPCHA to determine if it is
hazardous. The procedure also provides specific criteria for determining whether the CPCHA is