Agency (EPA) regulations, the Navy has developed a
hazardous material control and management program.
Hazardous Material Control and Management
(HMC&M), OPNAVINST 4110.2, provides the details
OPNAVINST 5100.19 also discuss hazardous material
control and management.
The Naval Supply Systems Command manages the
overall program for hazardous material control and
management for the Navy. The programs objectives are
Minimize the amount of hazardous materials in
Use hazardous materials safely.
Decrease the amount of hazardous waste we
DEFINITION OF HAZARDOUS
What is hazardous material? Hazardous material
can be defined as any material that, because of its
quantity, concentration, or physical or chemical
characteristics, may pose a real hazard to human health
or the environment. Hazardous materials include the
Toxic or poisonous materials
Flammable and combustible materials
Corrosive materials, such as strong acids and
Separate directives cover some materials considered
hazardous. They include mercury; asbestos; propellants;
bulk fuels; ammunition; medical waste; and chemical,
biological, and radiological materials.
Afloat units turn in used or excess HAZMATS to
Public Works Centers or other shore collection sites. The
shore site then restores, recycles, or disposes of the used
or excess hazardous materials.
The Hazardous Materials Information System
(HMIS) is a computerized database of Material Safety
Data Sheets (MSDSs). It provides information for
people working in hazardous material management. The
system provides basic technical information required for
all levels of hazardous materials to aid in their proper
handling, storage, transportation, and disposal. In
addition, HMIS provides information about safety,
health, and environmental functions.
The HMIS database provides useful information on
more than 70,000 hazardous materials used by DoD.
The Naval Supply Systems Command distributes the
database quarterly as part of the Hazardous Material
Control and Management (HMC&M) CD-ROM, which
contains the following materials:
HMIS database with MSDSs and labels
Hazardous Material Afloat Program (HMAP)
Hazardous Material Users Guide (HMUG)
Ship Hazardous Material List (SHML)
Safety Equipment Shopping Guide
Navy Safety Center roster
Various hazardous material and environmental
Tutorial for hardware and software
Each ship and most shore stations have been issued
a computer compact disk (CD) player and are on
distribution for HMC&M updates.