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Hazardous Item Procurements
What you need to know to order chemicals or hazardous materials:

1)  The only chemical that is not a Hazardous Material is tap water.  If you are ordering any kind of chemical item -- including stock metals that will be machined -- you are ordering a Hazardous Material.

2)  There are a couple of restrictions on ordering Hazardous Materials.
For example, purchases of lead or asbestos require ORNL approval.  If you want to purchase any kind of beryllium, please talk with Sandra Kennedy first. 

3)  Before you spend your money, check for chemicals or hazardous materials available FREE OF CHARGE!  Ask Sandra Kennedy or Charlie Havener to check for you or go on the web to the Chemical Management Center

Note that chemicals cannot be identified through the CMC site as of  December 2007 due to the HMMIS system that came on line in the fall.  This is hopefully a temporary situation.

4)  To order a Hazardous Material, you need to know the record ID number, or RECID, of the material.  This is the number assigned by ORNL to the MSDS for the chemical.  MSDSs can be found at


Use the Material/Synonym function and enter the chemical you are looking for in the 'Material Name/Synonyms' field. The number to the left of the chemical you are interested in is the RECID number. To obtain the MSDS, click on the chemical name and a table with all MSDSs available for that chemical is displayed.  Obtain the MSDS by clicking on one of the manufacturer links.

*** Change Hazardous from 'no' to 'yes' and enter the RECID and HMMIS Control Area number before submitting purchase order request.  If you have already submitted, to change:
A. Select the Form html attachment in the email you received
B. Make necessary changes and submit again.

5)  To order a Hazardous Material, you need to know your HMMIS Control Area number.  Note that a control area number has been established for each facility for ordering gas cylinders:

6000 use XAA31 to order gas cylinders stored at the 6000 outside rack only
6000B use XAA20 to order gas cylinders for use at MIRF
6010 use XEE14 to order gas cylinders stored at the 6010 outside rack only

Here is the complete list of HMMIS Control Areas in the Physics Division as of December 2007:

XAA06 6005 Gas House M. J. Meigs, S. B. Kennedy
XAA07 6000 3rd floor Tandem M. J. Meigs, S. B. Kennedy
XAA08 6000:T201 injector J. M. Cole, Yuan Liu
XAA09 6000:T201 flammable cabinet J. M. Cole, Yuan Liu
XAA11 6000:116 R. C. Juras, E. E. Parish
XAA12 6000:C200 storeroom E. E. Parish, Judy Whiteside
XAA18 6000B MIRF J. W. Hale, F. W. Meyer
XAA19 6000:218 Blankenship lab J. L. Blankenship, C. A. Reed
XAA20 6000B MIRF gas cylinders J. W. Hale, F. W. Meyer
XAA21 6000:C110 lead P. Mueller, S. B. Kennedy
XAA24 6000:C116  M. E. Whitley, S. B. Kennedy
XAA31 6000 outside gas cylinders only S. P. Withrow, S. B. Kennedy
XAA32 6000 3rd flr ORIC D. T. Dowling, S. B. Kennedy
XAA34 6000 UNISOR corner rad lab D. W. Stracener, C. A. Reed
XAA37 6005 2nd floor SF6 gas M. J. Meigs, R. C. Juras
XAA38 6000:C116 C. J. Gross, S. B. Kennedy
6016 Dechlorinator
G. Mills, S. B. Kennedy
S. B. Kennedy, S. P. Withrow
6000:C106 bean barn
D.T. Dowling, S. B. Kennedy
6000:T109 DRS
M.S. Smith, S. B. Kennedy
6000:204 Galindo-Uribarri lab
Galindo Uribarri, S. P. Withrow
6000 LN2 Tank
M. Whitley, S. B. Kennedy
6000:T101 West Lab
F. Liang, S. P. Withrow
6000:T106 East Lab
Felix Liang, S. P. Withrow
R. L. Varner, S. P. Withrow
6010:Lab E
Mark Bannister, C. R. Vane
Dan Stracener, S. P. Withrow
M. Whitley, S. P. Withrow
M. J. Meigs, S. P. Withrow
D. Stracener
S. P. Withrow

6010 outside STS gas cylinders
S. P. Withrow, S. B. Kennedy
S. P. Withrow, S. B. Kennedy
XEE24 6010:Lab H S. P. Withrow
XEE25 6010:Equipment Room S. P. Withrow
XEE26 6010:Accelerator Room S. P. Withrow
XEE27 6010:Modulator Room S. P. Withrow
XEE28 6010:Electron Room S. P. Withrow
XEE29 6010:Basement Cage S. P. Withrow
XEE30 6010:Basement Clean Hood S. P. Withrow
XEE31 6010:Basement Rad Hoods S. P. Withrow
XEE32 6010:40-MFS S. P. Withrow
XEE33 6010:20-MFS S. P. Withrow
XEE34 6010:226 EBIL Lab 3 S. P. Withrow, S. B. Kennedy
XEE35 6010:226 EBIL Lab 4 S. P. Withrow, S. B. Kennedy

XW043 6000  shop Jeff Barnett
XW044 6010  shop Jeff Barnett
XSO32 6000:108  electrial tech shop S. B. Kennedy, S. P. Withrow
XW057 6001 storage shed near cooling tower R. D. Hull, Greg Irby