Hazardous Material Inventory Purpose, Permits, and Requirements (Chemical Inventory)

Purpose: Compliance with Minnesota Building Codes and All Other Applicable Codes and Standards

Any building area where hazardous materials (HM) are stored or used is required to maintain a complete hazardous material inventory. The storage and use of HM within any building occupied for laboratory manufacturing, processing, dispensing, use, or storage of HM shall comply with the International Building and Fire Codes maximum allowable qualities (MAQs) ensuring that:

  • Building and/or system design complies with the use occupancy classification.
  • The MAQs for control area(s) or construction limits (whichever is greatest) are not exceeded.
  • Use and systems (i.e. electrical, fire, HVAC, or plumbing) for buildings or structures containing hazardous materials are in working order and in compliance with applicable codes and standards.

A Hazardous Material Inventory Is Required When:

  • Constructing a building containing a hazardous occupancy, a building addition that includes a research/teaching laboratory that is or will be utilizing hazardous materials.
  • Making physical alterations to any building, floor, or space utilizing hazardous materials.
  • Changing or modifying any occupancy or building component where hazardous materials are present (i.e. modification of a ventilation system of a lab, change of lab programming, or addition of new chemicals).