A Chemical Inventory List (CIL) is an integral part of a chemical management system implementation. If a CIL is used effectively, it will assist the Supplier in making purchasing decisions, promoting responsible chemical use, preventing pollution, increasing traceability, simplifying chemical handling decisions, and controlling disposal costs. The information on the CIL will also help track goals towards ZDHC MRSL Conformance.
Suppliers must have a robust process for creating and updating a CIL and a dedicated person in charge of maintaining the CIL with knowledge in the interpretation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS). If the information on chemicals is missing, there must be a corrective action plan to obtain this data from chemical formulators.
A CIL must contain all chemicals used and stored in the facility and may cover, but is not limited to, cleaners, adhesives, paints, inks, detergents, dyes, colourants, auxiliaries, coatings and finishing agents, and commodity chemicals, as well as those used for ETP, sanitary, laboratory and utility purposes.