Chemical inventory system (erPortal) and labelling

This page provides more information on chemical inventories, labelling, and SDS management at the University of Waterloo. 

Chemical inventory system (erPortal)

Chemical labelling and SDS management (Chemwatch GOLD FFX)

Chemical inventory system

The University of Waterloo has adopted erPortal's hazardous materials management system to create laboratory inventories for individual labs and laboratory groups. The purpose of this initiative is to comply with the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Act and to reduce the overall risk associated with using, handling, and storing chemical products or agents.

To be clear, any laboratory without a current and up to date laboratory inventory is in contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Getting started

    In order to begin using erPortal, you will need two user IDs and associated passwords.  

    Please email Dhananjai Borwankar and indicate your name and lab location(s). You will receive a response providing you with the following:

    • One userid and password specific for the faculty member
    • One userid and password to be shared among your research group

    With these login credentials you will be able to begin using the system.  Please see the manuals attached below for more specific guidance.

    Resources, templates, and instruction manuals

    The following templates and manuals will help you navigate and use the erPortal inventory system.  Please open the appropriate links below to continue:


    Chemical labelling and SDS management for WHMIS 2015

    The Safety Office purchased Chemwatch GOLD FFX to help manage SDSs and chemical labelling on campus. Chemwatch users have the ability to:

    • Directly access a database of over 25 million vendor SDSs (and counting).
    • Generate chemical labels from data already in the software.
    • Design an SDS for in-house, chemical mixtures. 
    • Use the built-in risk assessment tool for your chemical risk assessments.

    Support documents: