Chemical Inventory Management System

Chemical Inventory Management System

HECHMET (Higher Education Cooperative for Hazardous Materials and Equipment Tracking) is a cooperative of institutions with similar goals for tracking hazardous materials. The cooperative currently includes:

– University of Ottawa    – Concordia University    – Queen’s University   – Royal Military College   – Ryerson University  – Sherbrooke University  – Carleton University

HECHMET is a Technology Demonstration Project funded by the Department of National Defence’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI).  CRTI is a federal program developed to improve the science and technology capabilities of the nation to meet changing security needs.  It seeks to support the development and adaptation of software for maintaining a comprehensive database of chemicals, standardize the management of chemical inventories across institutions, and improve the tracking of chemicals in Canada.

The HECHMET project is underpinned by the Vertére Inventory Manager (VIM) software, a modular, web-based enterprise application used to track chemicals and other materials within the university working environment.   Chemicals are tagged with a unique barcode label that cross-references to:

•storage location
•Principle Investigator (PI) responsible for the item
•chemical information
•MSDS-related information
•other information (e.g., information is secured using Access Levels)
System access is provided by the link below.  Contact the system administrator for username and password information

The procedure to  remove  product from the chemical inventory system is as follows;

  1. Remove barcode from empty container (the glue has been perfected so that it should not be an issue)
  2. Affix the barcode to the USED BARCODE FORM found below.  Alternately, you could simply write the barcode number in the space provided on the form.
  3. Once the Used Barcode Form is filled up or once per month (whichever happens first), submit the form to Science Stores where the product will be removed from your inventory.
  4. Discard container as per established procedures

Used Barcode Form

For further information, please contact Tina Preseau, Manager of Laboratory and Academic Program Safety at or at extension 3809.