Environmental Health & Safety

Hazardous Materials

About the program

The program aims to protect against hazardous chemicals; that pose significant risk to people or property. Many don't realize just how much hazardous materials are a part of our lives. We can help you manage your chemical inventory, consolidate and display your hazardous material emergency information, and provide guidance for properly using and/or shipping hazardous materials.




Laboratory Safety Orientation
Chemical Hygiene
Hazard Communication
Hazardous Waste Management
Dry Ice Shipping

For more information, refer to the
Schedule of Classes
Controlled Substances 
Chemical Inventory (database)
Hazardous Materials Release
Materiel Management-Hazardous Materials Shipping
Particularly Hazardous Substances 
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
Standard Operating Procedures
Storage and Segregation
Medical Management
Guidelines for Acute Toxins

Safety for Introductory Chemistry Students
Hazards of Arts & Crafts Materials 
               from National Library of Medicine

Storage and Segregation Guidance

Prudent Practices provides a summary of incompatible chemicals by functional group types. The Department of Transportation provides guidance on the different hazard classes and compatible packing which is in this presentation on lab moves. Simple guidance on general chemical storage with a focus on flammable storage requirements is also available.

Lecture Bottles Use and Storage

Lecture bottles contain pressurized gases that pose hazards with the chemical composition of the gases, stored energy of compression and possibility of release. Please follow the guidelines for the proper use and storage of lecture bottles.

size comparison of small gas cylinders with the lecture bottle size indicated

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Written procedures cabable of protecting the user from the hazards are required whenever chemicals that have health hazards are used in the workplace. Look here to see our growing selection of SOPs.


All faculty and staff have access to update and/or print placards from the eContact system using their UCR NetID. For more information refer to the guides for All Users or Laboratory Safety Officers.

Chemical Inventory

If you have chemicals you must maintain a Chemical Inventory.

All faculty and staff have access to update and/or print placards from the eCompliance system using their UCR NetID. If you are unable to login with your Net ID, send an email request to ehs@ucr.edu with your name and department. For more information, or to update your chemical inventory, refer to the Chemical Inventory User Guide.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires a report to be submitted within 60 days of specific chemicals exceed set threshold aggregate amounts. As a result, everyone who has chemicals at UCR must update the on-line inventory for each of 162 chemicals within 60 days of when they are recieved or consumed/disposed. The list of chemicals can be found in a word document, a pdf or the whole list of DHS Chemical of Interest in an Excel workbook

Free Chemicals

Free surplus chemicals are available through our Chemicals for Redistribution program.

Hazardous Materials Release Reporting

If you suspect hazardous materials are being release to the environment by UCR, please complete a Hazard Report, or contact Environmental Health & Safety (951) 827-5528 and/or UCPD (951) 827-5222) during non-business hours 

Shipping Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts and enforces all hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation laws in the United States. For more information, refer to our Hazardous Materials Shipping webpage.

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E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu