CHIMERA User Manual
Academic Environmental Health and Safety
The Chemical Inventory Management &
Electronic Reporting Application (CHIMERA)
Chemical Inventory Manual
Table of Contents
Getting Started: Applying for Access
Inventory Management
NFPA Sign Generator
Inventory Search
Other Functions for Regulators and Users
Regulator Functions
User Functions
Inventory Equipment
Barcoded vs Static Items
CHIMERA Access Types
Chemical Receiving Process
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information
The Chemical Inventory Management & Electronic Reporting Application
(CHIMERA) is a web-based inventory system developed and hosted by the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. CSUMB’s Health and Safety office has
purchased access to this program to assist chemical users in inventorying,
maintaining, and searching their inventories, in addition to providing access to
the corresponding (Material) Safety Data Sheets. This manual instructs users on
how to use CHIMERA to suit the needs of their lab or workspace.
1. Open the CHIMERA web page at .
2. Click on ‘Request a Login?’ below the Username and Password fields.
3. Fill out the prompted fields. Please use your CSUMB e-mail address for
the e-mail field.
4. For the Type of Access field, enter your desired level of system access. A
list with an explanation of each account type is provided on page 18. You
will notice a new field will appear when “Type of Access” is selected. The
Main Office Building and Room fields may be left empty, they will be
assigned to you by your local Administrator. For the Comma-separated list
of rooms enter the rooms you would like to have access to.
5. Once completed, send your application. A local system administrator will
then review your application. Once approved, a temporary password will
be sent to your e-mail account. Use it to log in and change your password.
You can now manage your inventory.
6. In addition, send an e-mail to AEHS to specify the Storage Locations of
the rooms you wish to have access to. Storage Locations can be the
physical storage locations of the chemical inventories or the names of the
chemical owners. It is up to the chemical owner or room supervisor to
decide how to track storage locations within rooms.
Before handling chemicals, be sure to equip yourself with the appropriate
personal protective equipment (PPE), including a lab coat, disposable nitrile
gloves, and safety goggles. In addition, you will need barcodes to label your
chemicals with. Contact AEHS to obtain these barcodes. Proceed to log into
 For adding new inventory, a barcode scanner is not required. You can
enter the first Barcode number manually and the software will increment it
by one each time you add a chemical.
Chemical Handling & Reading
The inventory routine should be performed by a team of two, with one person
responsible for handling and reading chemicals and the other for entering them
into the CHIMERA system. The team member who is reading should handle
each chemical with care and always use two hands while using appropriate PPE.
When reading the chemical information, make sure to take as much time as
necessary to read all the information correctly. Incorrect or incomplete
information will create a need for the inventory team to go back to the area of
interest and verify the data that they have provided.
Barcode Process for Laboratory Chemical
In order to maintain continuity, the barcode should always be
applied on the left-hand side of the product label.
In the instance that a container is too small, the barcode
should be cut down to fit onto an acceptable location taking
care not to cover up any important information.
Sealed Containers
While going through inventory, one might find a new laboratory chemical that is in
a sealed metal can or plastic bag. In this instance, the teams' job is still to assign
the product a barcode. However, the team member must attach the barcode with
a second note that notifies the end user to apply the barcode when he or she
removes the product from the sealed container. No duplicate barcodes are
issued; the outer container is disposed as waste after removing the chemical
bottle. Note the example below:
Adding New Inventory
1. Go to the “Inventory Management” tab then click on the “Add Inventory”
button. At the top of the screen, select the Building & Room Number, and
Storage Location. If you are doing a barcode chemical, type in the
barcode number you intend to use, or scan it with a barcode scanner. If
your chemical is a Static chemical, check the Static checkbox. For
information regarding using Barcodes vs Static chemicals, see page 17.
2. Proceed by entering the Product Name and Manufacturer. Next enter, the
Size of the container. **NOTE** When entering the Size (ex. 1, .454,
1000), do not specify the unit type, as that information is included in the
Unit field (lb, kg, g). Also, specify the Container Type.
3. On the right-hand list of fields, enter the Part Number and CAS Number,
as well as any other fields you deem useful for your inventory.
4. **IMPORTANT** To save some time entering chemicals, select the “Use
Auto Fill Tool” option. It may provide you with the Size, Unit, and
occasionally Part Number information, as shown in Figure 1. If the
chemical has not been previously entered, proceed to fill out the Chemical
Information fields by hand.
Figure 1. Using the Auto-Fill Tool.
5. First, try searching for your product. This will yield a large number of
results. Find and select one with your manufacturer. This will generate a
short list in Step 2. Select your product’s size and unit combination to
automatically fill the fields, as shown in Step 3.
Updating Inventory
1. For updating barcode chemical inventory:
a. Click on the “Inventory Management’ tab, then click on the “Update
Inventory” button.
b. At the top of the screen, select the building, room number, and
storage location.
c. Begin scanning or manually entering barcodes into the “Barcode #”
field. After each barcode entry, highlight the barcode field and hit
“Enter”. This will generate a new barcode field below. Do NOT hit
the “Submit” button until you have entered all the barcodes.
d. After every chemical in the defined room and cabinet have been
entered into the “Barcode #” field click “Submit”.
e. If any chemical was scanned that has missing data in the
CHIMERA database, such as Product Number or Container Type, a
pop-up will appear asking for this information to be submitted.
f. **Missing Chemicals**
After updating a room’s inventory, it may not be immediately
apparent that chemicals are missing. After the update the user
should run an Inventory Report and have it sorted by the Inventory
Date. This will show all the chemicals that were listed in that
Storage Location, but were not found for the update. These
chemicals are missing from the inventory and should be located, or
have their disposal verified.
2. For updating static chemical inventory:
a. Click on the “Inventory Management’ tab, then click on the
“Transfer Inventory” button.
b. Near the top of the screen, “Click Here to Transfer Static Inventory”
c. Select the building, room and location of the chemicals to be
updated, and then hit “Send”.
d. Select all of the chemicals that are present in the room by clicking
on them. After you click on a chemical it will be highlighted. To
unselect a chemical click on it again.
e. Press the Transfer Chemicals button without filling in building,
room and location information. This will update the inventory of
the room to contain only the selected chemicals.
Deleting Inventory
1. Click on the “Inventory Management’ tab, then
click on the “Remove Inventory” button.
2. Before removing any chemical, ensure that you
are following your departmental and EHS
procedures for chemical disposal. Following these procedures is
REQUIRED BY STATE AND FEDERAL LAW. These procedures vary by
container and chemical type, and can be found at:
The following are the only scenarios in which chemicals should be
removed from the CHIMERA database:
a. Disposing of empty chemical containers:
When a chemical container is empty, follow the procedures
below for removing it from the CHIMERA database. Then,
remove the barcode sticker and dispose of it in accordance
with departmental procedures and state laws.
b. Removing lost chemical bottles from inventory:
Find the barcode number (for barcode chemicals) or part
number (for static chemicals) for the lost bottle by using the
‘Inventory Report’ function of the CHIMERA database for the
room the bottle was stored in. Then use the number to
remove the inventory as described in steps 5 and 6.
c. Disposing of partially full chemical bottles as hazardous waste:
As soon as the contents of a container have been declared
waste, ensure that the chemical container has been affixed
with a Hazardous Waste Label, and that the label has been
filled completely and correctly. Then, remove the container
from the inventory using the procedures described in steps 3
through 6.
3. To remove Barcode chemicals, select the ‘Barcode’ field and scan the
barcode or manually type the number into the field. Then click ‘Remove’. If
a chemical has been removed by mistake, select the chemical under
‘Today’s Inventory Removals’ and click ‘Undo Removals’.
4. To remove Static chemicals, first ‘Click Here to Delete Static Chemicals’ at
the top of the page.
5. Then, select the building and room where the Static chemicals are located
from the drop down menu. The location may then be further refined by
selecting from the ‘Storage Location’ drop-down menu.
6. Click to select the chemicals to be removed from the location – selected
chemicals will remain highlighted. After selecting the chemicals to be
removed, click ‘Delete Chemicals’.
Transfer Inventory
This function allows users to transfer chemical inventory from one location to
1. Click on the “Inventory Management’ tab, then
click on the “Transfer Inventory” button.
2. For transferring barcode chemical inventory:
a. At the top of the screen, select the building, room number, and
location of the transfer destination.
b. Scan or manually enter barcodes into the “Barcode” field, then click
the “Transfer” button.
3. For transferring static chemical inventory:
a. Near the top of the screen, “Click Here to Transfer Static Inventory”
b. Select a building, room and location transfer chemicals from, and
then hit “Send”.
c. Select a destination building, room and location.
d. Select all of the chemicals you wish to transfer by clicking on them.
After you click on a chemical it will be highlighted. To unselect a
chemical click on it again.
e. Double check that all of the highlighted chemicals are the ones you
wish to transfer and then press the “Transfer Chemicals” button at
the top of the page.
Edit Inventory
The edit inventory function allows the user to change the listed quantities on
any container, as well as assign an optional cost, edit container types and
cabinet locations for each individual product.
1. Click on the “Inventory Management’ tab, then
click on the “Edit Inventory” button.
2. Begin scanning or manually entering barcodes into the “Barcode #” field.
To open more fields, hit the Enter or Return key on your keyboard, NOT
the “Submit” button.
3. After all barcodes have been entered, click “Continue”.
4. Make any necessary changes to the Amount, Cost, Cabinet #, and
Container Type information for each chemical, then click Submit.
CHIMERA provides users access to crucial chemical inventory information,
giving quick access to reports, inventory management tools, relevant first
responder information, and (material) safety data sheets. Various report types
are available to meet the needs of federal, state, and local regulators, as well as
the faculty and staff. The CHIMERA development team can also be asked to
create new report types. Contact the EHS office if you would like additional
information. Available report types are listed below.
Inventory Report
The most commonly used report provides a chemical inventory at the specified
location along with manufacturer and part information, among others. This report
can be sorted by any field type (chemical name, receiving date, state, etc.). This
report can also be exported to Excel or PDF’s for paper records.
Hazard Class Report
The Hazard Report gives an inventory along with Health, Fire, and Reactivity
hazard information.
Cost Report
The Cost Report provides an inventory with the per-unit and total cost for
chemicals. Cost may be tracked by request of the user in charge of your
laboratory or stockroom inventory. Cost information can also be added to an
inventory, in part or in whole, at any time using the Edit Inventory feature.
P-Code Report
The P-Code refers to a hazardous waste designation for a regulatory list of
acutely toxic chemicals. This report provides the total quantity of P-Code
chemicals grouped and totaled by the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number.
Non-Scanned Products Report
Given a date, this report provides an inventory of barcodes entered before the
specified date.
IARC Report
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report provides an
inventory containing chemicals known or suspected to be a cancer hazard for the
specified location. See the following link for more information.
NFPA Signs Generator
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sign
generator is a tool that can be used to visually
provide emergency responders with critical at-aglance hazard and administration information for
chemicals in a given area. A sample sign is shown on
the right. To create a sign for your lab first go to
NFPA Signs and select Create NFPA sign. Then go
back and Edit NFPA sign by adding relevant
information. Once again, select Create NFPA sign to
generate your finished sign. Then print it and post it
at the entrance to your lab.
Inventory Searches
Inventory Searches allows CHIMERA users to quickly locate chemicals. Below is
the list of available search parameters:
Inventory Search
Available search parameters for Inventory Search include Product Name, Part
Number, Manufacturer, or the CAS number. Results yield barcode, building,
room, product name, manufacturer, part number, amount, amount units, and
Chemshare Search
Accesses other Chemshare participants’ inventory for a chemical search and
provides you with the contact information of the owner. If you would like join
ChemShare, please contact the EHS office.
Barcode Search
Searches for barcodes and provides their location and any available MSDS’s.
Cost by Barcode Search
Searches for specified barcodes and provides available cost per unit data.
Safety Data Sheets
Safety data sheets (SDS), in either paper or electronic form, contain information
about the reactivity, health, exposure, and first responder procedures for safely
handling chemicals in the workplace. In compliance with Washington
Administrative Code, an MSDS must be readily available to every worker and
researcher in the work space. In 2013 new federal regulations renamed MSDSs
to Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Safety Data Sheets may still be referred to as
MSDS’s. MSDSs provide crucial information that is used for the reports required
by federal, state, and local regulators.
Through CHIMERA, Western provides users on- and off- campus access to all of
the MSDSs in the CHIMERA system.
A quick MSDS search tool is also available at the following link:
When searching for a particular MSDS, a user has much of the same
functionality that one would have using a normal search engine.
To find Fisher brand acetone the user would just type “acetone AND fisher” into
the search engine to see results similar to the ones displayed below:
A user simply needs to click the product name for the MSDS that they are
interested in viewing and the file will open for them.
Users might also search for synonyms, part numbers, CAS numbers, and in
some cases UPC barcode numbers. If multiple products appear after a
search, the user can click the information graphic (shown on the right) to
view it.
Other Functions for Regulators and Users
In addition to the main functions, a number of additional
utilities are available to assist CHIMERA users.
Regulator Functions
Building Floor Plans
For regulators and administrators, the building floor plans
function contains quick access to available maps for
every building.
Update RPD/RAM Rooms & Update Biohazard Rooms
Administrators or regulators who oversee radioactive and
bio-hazardous materials have the capability to update
rooms containing those materials, as well as label the
corresponding NFPA signs.
Hazard Codes
The hazard codes function provides regulators a list of the specific International
Fire Code (IFC) hazard abbreviations and their corresponding full names.
Chemical Room Totals
The Chemical Room Totals tool provides regulators and administrators with the
ability to list a building’s current inventory by total products, unique static
chemicals, and/or total barcode counts. This information provides a useful
overview of the activity within an entire building at once.
User Functions
Contact Support
Contact Support to give feedback, report bugs or unexpected behavior, and to
resolve account issues. In addition, users may also contact the EHS office.
Hazard Class Systems
Hazard Class Systems provides an overview of distinctions between the GHS,
NFPA, and HMIS hazard categorization systems.
Chemical Storage
Chemical Storage provides a set of guidelines and corresponding codes for safe
storage of hazardous and reactive chemicals.
NFPA Hazard Codes
The NFPA Hazard Codes provide regulators a list of specific hazard
abbreviations, their corresponding names, and threat level. Also see Chemical
NFPA Classifications
The NFPA Classifications shows chemical dangers corresponding to the
assigned numbers on the NFPA hazard diamond.
Inventory Equipment covers all the items
necessary to quickly and efficiently
inventory chemicals in a safe manner.
Personal Protective Equipment
As a safety-oriented program, it is crucial to wear the appropriate personal
protective equipment (PPE) while performing a chemical inventory. Not only will it
protect those who are taking the inventory, but it also sets an example for faculty,
staff, and students throughout campus. Minimum required PPE for an inventory
includes: a lab coat, disposable nitrile gloves, and safety goggles.
Laptops are the core of the inventory program. Each laptop must have internet
access at all times during the chemical inventory process.
The barcodes that are used for all laboratory chemicals are specially made with a
chemical-resistant polyvinyl compound. These barcodes are formatted to provide
a unique number for each lab chemical inventoried. This method is used to help
facilitate accurate chemical tracking.
Barcode Scanning Equipment
You can use any laser-based barcode scanner to aid you in barcode extraction
during the inventorying process. Compatible scanners include the Motorola
Solution’s Symbol LS4208. CSUMB is currently using Motorola LS4208 scanners
and a limited amount of Socket Mobile Bluetooth scanners. There are also other
equipment and software combinations you can explore, such as using a Mobile
phone and Bluetooth technology if a dedicated scanner isn’t convenient.
The Differences Between Barcoded and Static Chemicals
CHIMERA has two separate chemical categorizations that are used during the
inventory process: barcode and static. Users choose whether to enter a
chemical/chemical container as either barcode or static as described below.
Barcode Chemicals
Users enter a chemical container as a barcode chemical if they want to track that
individual chemical container until it leaves the University. Generally these are
laboratory chemicals that are going to be around for quite a while (a year or
If the user thinks that the effort to track a chemical container with a barcode is
useful, it is a barcode chemical. The user determines that the effort is worthwhile
to place a barcode initially and enter the barcode into the CHIMERA system plus
remove the barcode from both the container and the CHIMERA system when the
container is empty or to be disposed. This type of chemical container is a
barcode chemical. Barcode chemicals can be scanned during an annual
inventory of chemicals.
Static Chemicals
A static chemical is the name given to chemicals for which the user does not
want to track an individual container. These static chemical containers do not get
barcodes on individual bottles, cylinders or drums. The chemical name and
information is entered and the chemical is tied to an MSDS.
Static chemicals include the following:
Products that will be totally used up at one time and replaced,
Some gas and other cylinders that are periodically replaced when empty
or spent (for example: liquid nitrogen),
Non-laboratory chemicals (for example, hand soap, lab glassware cleaner,
latex paints),
Laboratory chemicals, like solvents, where containers are frequently reordered to keep the chemical in a constant supply in a particular room or
area. For example, if a department knows that it uses approximately four
liters of acetone a month in a lab, it is easier to choose static status for the
acetone. This selection keeps an MSDS on file for the department
provided that manufacturer and part/lot numbers are the same. Secondly,
it saves personnel time by bypassing the barcoding step and removing
each barcoded bottle of acetone from inventory when it is used up. If
you’re unsure of which designation to use, then use barcodes. This will
make the chemicals easier to track.
Departments may wish to consider other factors, such as financial tracking
of particular chemicals. Please discuss this option further with your
stockroom manager to ensure that you are selecting the best choice for
your department.
Staff Access
Staff Access is intended for use by stockroom managers; hazardous waste
disposal personnel; and by faculty, staff or student employees who have been
tasked with maintaining a chemical inventory. These users are able to add,
remove, edit, and transfer chemicals, as well as search for and generate reports
for authorized locations.
Custodial/Facilities Access
Custodial and Facilities accounts provide read-only access to CHIMERA. In
general, it is intended for use by custodial staff and student researchers. These
users may view inventories and generate reports for authorized locations, but
may not alter inventories or use the search function.
ChemShare Participants
ChemShare users allow their chemical inventories to be viewed by other
ChemShare participants. It is designed for faculty use in order to quickly search
and find chemicals they may need from other research groups. This provides a
way for chemical inventories to use up excess stock and for users to get needed
chemicals more rapidly and cheaply.
Regulatory Access
Regulatory Access is intended to be used by safety compliance inspectors,
emergency responders, and department heads. It allows the user to run reports
for any on-campus location to assess content and hazards of chemical
For its own chemical receiving process, each department should write a set of
instructions in this section of the manual. The department’s members can then
follow these instructions and comply with the department’s procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should a chemical be given a Static designation instead of a
Barcode one?
A: A chemical should be labeled as Static when it is expected to be used up
within one year, and then replaced with a new bottle. For example, this typically
includes soaps, paints, and solvents.
Q: “I am inventorying a laboratory where a researcher has made a solution
from two different barcoded chemicals. Should I apply a brand new
barcode to the solution?”
A: No. Secondary solutions are typically generated and used within a short
timeframe. Their hazards were already accounted for when the stock chemicals
were entered. Possible chemical interactions are ignored.
Q: “I have another room to add to my access list. How do I do that?”
A: Send your request to AEH&S.
Q: “I have a barcoded chemical that’s been used up. Can I re-use that
barcode for a different bottle?”
A: No. Each barcodes is one-time use and are permanently associated with a
given chemical bottle.
Q: “Do CHIMERA inventories accurately represent the up-to-date contents
of my workshop or lab?”
A: A CHIMERA inventory report accurately shows all the chemicals belonging to
you at the time they were catalogued. The level of accuracy therefore depends
on the vigilance of the personnel in charge of adding, transferring, updating, and
removing chemicals in a prompt and timely manner.
Q:”What chemicals should be entered into CHIMERA?”
A: All items containing hazardous chemicals should be entered into CHIMERA.
This includes cleaning products and biological enzymes.
Q:”My inventory contains a wide variety of chemical products that have a
high turnover rate. Barcoding them is not convenient, but they have UPC
barcodes. Can I use the UPC barcodes to help track my Static inventory?”
A: Yes. Although Chimera doesn’t have access to the manufacturer data, the
UPC barcodes can still be scanned in place of CHIMERA barcodes to search
your inventory. When adding the new Static items into your inventory, scan the
item’s barcode into the Part # field to enable future UPC lookups.
Contact Information
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (831) 582-4630
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