A Chemical Inventory List (CIL) is an important component of your chemicals management program. A CIL serves as a database of all chemicals present or used at your facility. A well-established CIL will:

  • identify and prioritize hazardous chemical for substitution (i.e. restricted chemicals, significant human/environmental health impacts)
  • track chemical usage quantities (can be used in the development and tracking of targets)
  • identify which process(es) and location(s) chemicals are used
  • identify any unknown or unclassified chemicals on-site and regulate purchasing approvals
  • serves as a list of chemicals approved for purchase
  • standardize purchasing schedules and quantities
  • reduce overstocking or expiration
  • identify any redundant chemistries or areas of excessive use
  • assist in deciding where to locate emergency response, containment, and first-aid equipment

Building Your Chemical Inventory

  • In order to ensure your inventory includes ALL chemicals that are present and/or in use at your facility, conduct a review of all production and support processes (i.e. maintenance, cleaning, power generation, etc.) Any newly purchased chemicals should be included in the CIL as well.
  • Obtain and review chemical information of each chemical (i.e. Safety Data Sheets (SDS), RSL/MRSL testing reports).
  • Create a standardized inventory of all chemicals used and include relevant information on inventory.

What Information Needs to be included in the CIL?

There are several standard pieces of information that should be included in a CIL (as noted below), however additional information can be added based on how your company intends to use its CIL. Remember, a CIL is a useful database that can serve many functions, and should serve as a cross-departmental chemicals management tool.

Basic Information to include on your CIL

  • Chemical/Product name or code
  • Supplier (name, location, contact person)
  • Chemical ingredients (name, CAS #, and percent (%) content)
  • Hazard classifications (i.e. flammable, corrosive)
  • Process, storage and, use location
  • Amount stored on-site
  • Usage quantity (i.e. monthly, annually)
  • Availability of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) compliant SDS and/or associated SDS number
  • Revision date

Available tools to help brands and manufacturers manage & analyze CIL data include SciVera Lens Rapid Screen, 3E Protect, and others.

Relevant Higg Index Facility Environment Module (FEM) 3.0 indicators:

Chemicals Management – Level 1: Questions 1, 1b, 1c, 13
Chemicals Management – Level 2: Question 18

Chemical Inventory Resources

Sample CIL Template


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Jessica Foster wrote: Jan 7, 2021

Thank you for making this public. It has been a very valuable benchmark for optimizing our chemical program!