- To ensure that personal health and safety issues are being addressed at the point of use, such as proper training for individuals that work with these substances, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, presence of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), adequate ventilation, safe storage, and proper labeling.
- To ensure that environmental health issues are being addressed at the point of use, such as proper treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal of the hazardous chemical or radioactive material when it becomes a waste and to access information that qualifies, quantifies, and locates the hazardous chemical waste or radioactive waste on campus for regulatory reporting purposes. Also, to ensure that proper training is being completed for individuals involved in the treatment or disposal of hazardous chemical wastes and radioactive waste.
- To ensure that emergency response and public safety issues are being addressed such as required reporting to the Local Emergency Response Commission on the storage quantities, location, container types, health and safety hazards, and temperatures and pressures of certain hazardous materials for transportation and to ensure that manifesting, packaging, and other issues are being addressed when hazardous chemicals are being transported on and off campus.
- To determine if a surplus of a particular chemical exist on campus that could be provided at reduced cost or no cost by another department or by Safety & Risk Services.
- To determine if a substitute can be used that is less hazardous and more environmentally friendly.