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Case Study - Chemical Inventory Management

Business Challenge

Sigma’s client needed to develop a system to meet OSHA Hazardous Communications requirements and to comply with the EPA’s Community Right-to-Know requirements.  The client was relying on many different data sources and formats, and extensive manual manipulations to meet its obligations.  The client wanted to centralize and standardize its data, minimize its reliance on the transfer of paper-based information, and automate its reporting and data sharing obligations.


Sigma developed a web-based Chemical Inventory Module that resides within the Evnrionment, Health, and Safety section of the corporate intranet.  The module permits authorized employees to maintain a database of all hazardous or regulated chemicals and substances at their facility and to immediately obtain a current MSDS for any such substance in order to meet Hazcom requirements. On an annual basis, the chemical inventory data is automatically combined with other internal data sources to prepare reports that are disseminated to state and local authorities for emergency planning purposes as required by SARA Title III.  The module complies with the individual reporting requirements for each of the 31 states in which the company has facilities.  It also calculates fees and produces summary worksheets. While some portions of the module are accessible to all employees for purposes such as accessing MSDSs, others are only available to managers and facility personnel having the proper authority. Sigma developed the training and communications plans for the module deployment and system implementation.