HAZMAT - Safety
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Hazardous Material Control and Management (HMC&M) focuses on preventing, minimizing, or eliminating the introduction of hazardous material (HM or HAZMAT) into the Navy system, substituting less hazardous HM for HM already in the Navy system, safely using HM in the workplace, and safely handling and disposing of hazardous waste (HW or HAZWASTE). HMC&M incorporates the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Standard, the OSHA Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). HMC&M involves a variety of local organizational and functional elements due to the federal, state and local right-to-know laws, overlapping requirements of the laws, and regulations that affect HM use and the logistic aspects of supply and material disposition.
HMC&M reinforces the importance of many basic Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) objectives and functions. All SOH personnel have a crucial role in support of the HMC&M program. Active participation of SOH staff in the program should reduce unnecessary functional overlaps and duplication of effort within the activity or region organization. Further, active and aggressive safety, HMC&M, and HAZCOM efforts are an optimal means to eliminate or control personnel exposures to HM in the workplace, as well as reducing Navy liability related to HM use. Management leadership and the active involvement of employees and supervisors in implementing HMC&M-related programs are essential.
DoD Instructions and Manuals:
- DoD 4140.1-R, Supply Chain Material Management Regulation
- DoD 4140.27-M, Shelf Life Management
- DoD 4160.21-M Chapter 10, Environmentally Regulated and Hazardous Property
- DoD 4715.4-I, Pollution Prevention
- DoD 4715.6-I, Environmental Compliance
- DoD 6050.05-I, Hazardous Communication (HAZCOM) Program
- OPNAVINST 5100.23G Chapter 7, HMC&M
- OPNAVINST 5090.1D, Environmental Readiness Program
- NAVSUP PUB 573, Storage and Handling of Hazardous Materials
OSHA Guides and Fact Sheets:
- OSHA Brief - "Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms"
- OSHA Brief - "Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets"
- OSHA's Guide to the GHS
- Laboratory Safety Guidance
- OSHA Laboratory Standard
- Biosafety Cabinets
- Laboratory Safety - Ergonomics
- Laboratory Safety - Noise
- Laboratory Safety - Electrical Hazards
- Autoclaves/ Sterilizers
- Chemical Fume Hoods
- Cryogens and Dry Ice
- Labeling and Chemical Transfer
NPS Process Charts: