The Commanding Officers must ensure that personnel involved in shipping and handling hazardous materials (HAZMAT) have the proper knowledge and training to comply with congressionally mandated public laws.
The person in charge of the detachment has the responsibility to ensure that all HAZMATs are properly labeled, packaged, and shipped in accordance with the rules and regulations. Ship HAZMAT in accordance with American Trucking Association Hazardous Materials Tariff Manual (ATM III-M). Ship HAZMAT separately. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be available for all hazardous chemicals available on site. The MSDS can be provided by the material manufacturer and should be requested at the time of purchase. The requirement for the MSDS is mandated in Title 29 CFR 1910.1200(g) and hazardous materials are defined in accordance with Title 29 CFR 1910.1200(d).
Enhanced public awareness has resulted in much stronger enforcement of HAZMAT
rules by agencies such as the Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and Federal Highway Administration than has ever been experienced in the past. Department of Defense personnel are not immune to the civil and criminal penalties that can result. HAZMAT can include explosives, flammable liquids, compressed gas, corrosive material, aerosol sprays, fuels and lubricants, batteries, and chemicals. HAZMAT must be packaged separately from other project equipment. The following publications provide essential information for compliance with current HAZMAT rules:
• Title 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Parts 100-177 covers domestic and international requirements for carriage by rail, air, water, and motor vehicle.
• NAVSUP Publication 505 covers packaging, marking, labeling, and preparation of HAZMAT for shipment aboard military aircraft.
• NAVSUPINST 4600.70 (Chapter 33 - HAZMAT, Chapter 34 - Sensitive Material) provides procedures and responsibilities for freight and passenger traffic within the CONUS.
• International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Technical Instructions of Dangerous Goods by Air, covers detailed technical instructions for shipping dangerous goods by international air.
• International Maritime Organization, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDGC), is designed to assist compliance with the general requirements of the international convention for the safety of life at sea regarding the carriage of dangerous goods.
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