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Your guide to purchasing chemical reporting solutions

The questions Health & Safety professionals should be asking when evaluating options for their next chemical reporting software solution.

Chemical Reporting

The most important task for your chemical inventory software is providing the information necessary for regulatory reporting. Reports can easily consume an enormous amount of time and resources, given the specific formats and details needed. Having an incomplete or inaccurate report can have serious ramifications.

When a report is due, you’ll need to identify swaths of chemicals that fit into particular categories. You’ll need to know how much you have where. And you’ll likely need to do some pretty obnoxious unit conversions. (Who wants to volunteer to calculate grams to gallons? Answer: Nobody should have to deal with that - your system should do it for you.)


As we discussed above, you’ll be putting a lot of effort into choosing the right chemical inventory software and maintaining it — and all that effort isn’t for nothing. Any chemical inventory software that’s worth its salt will take all the high-quality data it helps you collect and maintain, and transpose it into a useful set of reporting resources.

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See how ChemTracker handles extremely complex reports in the time it takes to brew your morning coffee.

Two reporting capabilities every chemical inventory software should have

  1. Ability to find chemicals on hand that fall under any relevant regulation.
  2. Utilization of thresholds to help you know what chemicals you need to report on and which ones you’re under the limit for.

If you’re not immediately sold on why a tool is needed for this, spend a little time estimating how many hours of work it would take you and your team members to conduct one of these queries. Then do a basic salary calculation to determine how much it would cost to generate the report manually. What’s your rough ballpark estimate?

Now, consider that with modern chemical inventory reporting software, one of these reports should only take a few clicks or keystrokes and be complete within a few minutes. The software may quickly pay for itself.

Outside of that, when a chemical regulator is going through your records with a fine-toothed comb, you'll be glad you invested in a system that gives them confidence you're on top of chemical safety.

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On average, labs with chemical inventory software reduce their time spent managing inventory by 80%.

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Chemical Inventory Features

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Inventory Management

Inventory that is undercounted, overcounted, or unaccounted for is a common problem in labs today. Real-time container-level tracking and hazardous materials need to be a priority.

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Chemical Reporting

When it comes to chemical reporting, good data in means good data out. Great systems include regulatory reporting, tier II / RTK reporting, and fire code compliance & MAQs.

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Safety, Productivity, & Risk

Software should help eliminate risk while increasing safety and productivity within teams. These are the basic hierarchy of needs for any great solution.