DEFINITION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
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
Flammable and Combustible Material
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
Ship Hazardous Material List (SHML)
Shelf Life Management Chart
Hazardous Material Users Guide (HMUG)
Shipboard Safety Equipment Shopping Guide
Glossary of Hazardous Terms
HMIS/HMC&M Feedback Form
Navy Inventory Control Point SHML Feedback
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.
WORK CENTER SUPERVISORS
Work center supervisors have the following
responsibilities when working with HAZMATS:
Ensure that approved personal protective
clothing and equipment are maintained and used.
Ensure that prior to initial use or handling any
hazardous materials, workcenter personnel have been
trained on the hazards associated with that material and
are familiar with what an MSDS is, what it contains, and
where a copy is available for review.
Ensure that, prior to using any hazardous material,
personnel under their supervision are trained on the
hazards associated with that material, and that they have
been provided with necessary protective clothing and
equipment (i.e., eye protection, respirators, gloves).
Ensure that adequate supply and exhaust
ventilation is maintained in all spaces where hazardous
materials are used, that such systems are in good
operating condition, and that they have been evaluated
as adequate by the industrial hygiene survey team. Keep
ventilation intakes clear of hazardous material at all
Occupational Safety and Health Admini-
stration passed a regulation that requires all
civilian and military employees of the federal
government to comply with what regulation?
Hazardous Material Control and
Hazard Material and Refuse Management
Hazard Communication Standard
Hazardous and Toxic Material Disposal