Original Date: 02/23/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Chemical Tracking System
In 1992, Northrop Grumman implemented an electronic Chemical Tracking System to improve its tracking capability within the company. Developed with off-the-shelf software, this user-friendly system enables floor personnel to perform updates on a chemical’s location and usage.
In 1991, Northrop Grumman realized that its existing system was not efficient at tracking chemicals within the company. Management decided to update to an electronic, cradle-to-grave system which would be accessible throughout the facility. Placed on-line in 1992, Northrop Grumman’s Chemical Tracking System (CTS) contains components, subcomponents, and reference data. The architecture of the CTS is shown in Figure 2-7.
The CTS was developed with off-the-shelf software, configured specifically for Northrop Grumman, and runs on a mainframe. The system can interface with other systems, and is user-friendly so floor personnel can perform updates on a chemical’s location and usage. The three systems that interface (Figure 2-8) with the CTS are:
Chemical Review Board (CRB) Controls which chemicals can be purchased and how these chemicals are used. Totally Integrated Procurement System Purchases only approved chemicals.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Imaging and Faxback Contains more than 8,100 MSDSs; allows the user to select documents and receive copies via facsimile.
Northrop Grumman’s CTS works as a closed-loop system for tracking chemicals from initial request through location, use, and reporting. The system currently collects approximately 100,000 records per year, and operates as the prime instrument to create more than 250 reports annually. Northrop Grumman also uses the system to gauge its progress of waste and toxic reduction efforts; and track its permits and agency requirements for approximately 700 regulated processes and equipment.
Figure 2-7. CTS Architecture
Figure 2-8. CTS Interfaces
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