Mandatory Requirement to Use U of T's Central Chemical Inventory System

The University’s central chemical inventory system has been available to the research community since late 2017, and over 130,000 separate chemical containers have been logged since then. While this is impressive, some parts of the University are not yet using our centralized inventory system.

The chemical inventory system is an essential health and safety requirement. There have been recent changes to the way that U of T conducts its environmental compliance activities under municipal, provincial, and federal legislation (for references, please read the memorandum sent February 13, 2024) that have increased the need for up-to-date chemical inventory information.

The U of T-wide reporting and tracking of chemicals is handled jointly by Facilities and Services and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), but the information used for this reporting needs to come from laboratories themselves. As a result, use of the University's HECHMET central chemical inventory system will be a mandatory requirement for all labs with hazardous chemicals. We recognize that laboratories need time to meet this new requirement, so all U of T researchers using hazardous chemicals must begin the process no later than May 1, 2024 and complete initial logging in the HECHMET system by March 1, 2025.

Please note that EHS pays all support and licensing fees for the system and has dedicated staff to support labs. EHS also provides pre-printed barcode labels, free training, manages access, and can assist with audits and reconciliation.

For further information on joining the system, please contact the University central chemical inventory administrator at

Read the HECHMET Implementation Plan Guide


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