Chemicals are necessary in many different lab applications, and by nature need special care and attention to ensure that they are dealt with in a way that has a minimum impact on the environment. When given proper focus, chemicals can be procured, handled, and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.
Please refer to Stanford’s Environmental Health & Safety website for
- Guidance on proper disposal of chemicals and hazardous waste
- Replacement of your mercury thermometer
- Obtaining free chemicals from the surplus inventory
Many toxic chemicals and environmentally-harmful lab processes have more sustainable alternatives. Visit the Green Chemistry Wizard to learn which sustainable alternatives can be implemented in your lab.
Good inventory management practices will lead to cost savings by avoiding duplicate purchases and reducing waste. Stanford’s Chemical Inventory Management and Tracking System, ChemTracker, is considered one of the most effective chemical inventory systems in the country and is now offered to other educational and not-for-profit institutions.