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Shell West Hollow Technology Center

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Inventory Control

Industry: Petroleum Refining

Wastes Reduced: Chemicals, Process

Equipment: Barcode

Location: Houston TX

No. of employees: 1600

Contact: Marty Pierce

Phone: (281) 544-7254


All chemicals are bar-coded as they are received at the dock. Each chemical is entered into a system by chemical name, manufacturer, CAS number, user name and room number. This system is visible to everyone and encourages sharing versus purchase. This system currently manages 37,000 different chemicals over 450 lab areas.

P2 Application:

This system was designed in-house by a team of end users and computer personnel in a manner to phase in requirements and provide all the necessary data elements for minimal costs. This system had only required areas keyed into the system and the remainder of the Material Safety Data Sheet was scanned into the system. The system was functional in six months from scratch to finish.

Environmental Benefits:

We are able to ensure compliance for the haz com standard/lab standard as the chemical inventory links to the Material Safety Data Sheets. The inventory provides remote access to the lab area and chemicals in case of emergency. The inventory provides personnel exposure information per work area.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

Reduction in waste disposal costs equal about $40,000. Purchase cost reduction equals about $10,000.

Source: TCEQ

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