Chemical Stores Changes: Note to the Campus Community
The recent closure of Cliff Drive has signaled the beginning of the construction of the new facility for Chemical Stores. (Updates on the road closing and project status can be found at here.) Working in parallel with the planning and construction of the new building, a committee has begun to review improvements and adjustments in the processes for ordering, acquiring, and tracking chemicals for academic and research purposes. The committee also will explore ways to improve accounting and reporting of chemical purchases to departments and researchers. Future changes will include delivery of all hazardous materials from Chem Stores to labs and departments, although those details remain to be worked out.
The chemical purchasing committee consists of co-chairs Sue Laajala and Bruce Seely, Don Wareham, Joel Smith, Cary Chabalowski, Ashutosh Tiwari, Stacy Sedar, Kelly Kallio, Danielle Cyrus, and Jeff Lewin. The members intend to continue conversations with the largest academic users of chemicals initially launched when planning for the building began about eighteen months ago. As before, the committee will seek input from all relevant constituencies interested in safe and effective processes for ordering, delivery, and tracking of chemicals. The committee intends to present recommendations to the administration at the end of the fall semester. The goal is to recommend policies regarding chemical ordering, delivery, and record-keeping across the university in compliance with all regulatory and safety standards while impacting researchers and academic departments as little as possible.
The committee notes that no changes have yet been made in the operations of Chem Stores, although it encourages all researchers and academic users of chemicals to become familiar with the services and capabilities of this unit. (See here.) Purchasing through Chem Stores is likely to be less expensive for users after delivery and shipping charges are factored in. The committee strongly recommends that all hazardous or potentially dangerous chemicals and materials be ordered through, and delivered to, Chemical Stores because of safety and compliance concerns associated with those materials. (The full catalog and order forms for Chem Stores can be found at here.)
Chem Stores obviously will face challenges during the months of construction. Already, the old loading dock has been removed and deliveries are now complicated by the lack of ground-level access to Chem. In addition, Chem Stores will eventually need to move to their new space, introducing some delays when the operation must temporarily close. The committee asks that users of Chem Stores be patient as work continues on the facility during the coming academic year. The committee will provide advance notice about any known delays or closures. For example, hours will be reduced during the first week of August. To minimize disruptions and delays, research and teaching users of chemicals should plan purchases with greater advance notice. Please address specific questions about ordering, shipping, and delivery of chemicals for academic units and laboratories to Don Wareham (firstname.lastname@example.org)and Joel Smith (email@example.com).
The committee will communicate regularly with the campus community about its review and will schedule campus meetings to solicit suggestions and feedback. We look forward to rolling out new procedures for purchasing, delivery, and tracking of academic chemicals in sequence with the opening of the brand new and improved Chem Stores facility next spring. Please direct any questions about the work of the committee to co-chairs Bruce Seely and Sue Laajala. Thanks for your consideration and support.