Eindhoven U. of Technology (TU/e) recently joined the Lab Servant for the Ordering & Inventory module.
After 15-20 years using another platform TU/e decided to switch to the Lab Servant. One of the unique selling points of the Lab Servant is the integration of the Inventory with the ordering process. This enables the risk evaluation of chemicals before they’re actually ordered. Minimising the use of hazardous chemicals is requested by Dutch and EU regulations. By the early stage order check it’s easier to comply with these regulations. The check is supported by retrieving safety information of a chemical from Chemwatch. This process doesn’t require any human interaction because the CAS no. of a chemical is retrieved from a supplier’s webshop and directly sent to Chemwatch. The Chemwatch safety information of the chemical is shown within seconds in Lab Servant order form. The user can decide to carry on with the order or to look for alternatives that are less hazardous. If a hazardous chemical is indispensable a remark can be linked to the order to justify the purchase to internal and external auditors.
The Inventory itself helps the researchers to quickly find their chemicals, not only within their own department but also at other departments. This could save money if resources can be shared.
A warehouse function completes this Lab Servant module and and enables stock levels of chemicals to be maintained both locally and centrally.