Purchase Chemicals/Supplies

Save Money and Reduce Chemical Use by using up chemcials from exisitng stocks within your lab or from nearby labs before purchasing new.


Order from UVM ChemSource some of the commonly used flammable chemicals and supplies at a discounted price with a UVM chartstring.  Risk Management and Safety staff deliver orders on Wednesday and Friday each week on main campus. For offsite locations, such as Rubenstein and Colchester Research, safety staff deliver during hazardous waste pick-ups, which occur the first and third Thursday of each month. 

To login and order from ChemSource, go here.  


Use the following best safety practices when purchasing new chemicals:

  • Minimize chemical use. Purchase only what you need vs getting "a deal". Purchasing and using less chemicals means you generate smaller volumes of chemical waste. Think sustainably.  Order only what you expect to use in one year or the smallest container available.

  • Use less toxic or less hazardous alternatives if you can. OSHA publishes a list of highly toxic and reactive chemicals.  EPA publishes additional information about chemical alternatives at http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/analytics/chem-alt.htm

  • Review chemical storage limitations in your lab before placing your chemical order. Buy only what can be safely stored with the space you have been allotted. This includes checking that there is sufficient space to properly segregate and store the chemicals. 

  • Review Safety Data Sheets (SDS) before purchasing. Check if the chemicals have specific storage requirements (e.g. temperature-sensitivity requiring an explosion-proof refrigerator, specific shelf-life or expiration date).

  • UVM's ChemSource Program holds a license to sell non-denatured 190 and 200 proof ethanol to labs.

  • Order chemicals and lab supplies through approved UVM vendors. UVM Procurement Services has contract pricing for scientific supplies and compressed gases. 

  • Chemicals listed on U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency schedules of controlled subsances require DEA approval or a physician's prescription.  The DEA does not allow UVM to centrally purchase these materials. DEA materials used with animal research can be purchased through UVM's veterinarian.

Examples of Items available through ChemSource:

Sharps Containers: 

5-gallon (back), 1-Quart (right),
 1/2-gallon (front, center), 2-gallon (left)

BioWaste Box cover and dolly