Database for Chemical Safety and Inventory wanted
I was asked by our campus Safety Committee to find out what I could about
chemical database/inventory tracking/MSDS systems. We are looking for
a package (PD or commercial) that can be used to keep a database of all
the chemicals on campus, what their location is, quantities, MSDS information,
and could be accessed (for searching) by someone who is only marginally
chemically literate (purchasing dept.). A rough estimate of the number of
records we would have to support is 3000-5000.
The operating system of choice is Unix. However, if you have information
about packages that run under other OS's I'd be interested in hearing
about them, too.
Nice features would be a database that knew how to sort chemical names
properly. The ability to search by molecular formula or CAS # would
also be nice.
One member of the committee suggested that we find a system that incorporates
bar coding so we could use a barcode reader to inventory the labs periodically.
Obviously, we won't find everything we want in a single package, but
we are interested in learning about what other labs are using (especially
university and other research-oriented labs) to track their chemical
Thanks in advance,
Oregon Graduate Institute
buchholz \\at// ese3.ese.ogi.edu