Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Hazardous Materials Management Program
In an effort to record hazardous materials used by the Ammunition Operations Directorate, Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) developed a management program. Two years ago, materials such as paint and solvents, being used by personnel had no centralized control. An unlimited number of people could request hazardous materials. No control over quantities on hand existed, and shelf life was expiring on items that were still being used. No record was being kept on exposure to workers. Therefore, the Hazardous Materials Management Program was developed. The program has four goals: 1) comply with toxic substance regulations; 2) prevent pollution; 3) reduce health risk of personnel by documenting exposure; and 4) control quantities on hand to assure a cost savings. These goals are accomplished by working with the Safety Office, Environmental Management Division, and the Installation Medical Officer.
The Ammunition Tool Room has inventoried all hazardous materials in the Directorate and cataloged them into a database. This database is used to receive and issue hazardous materials for Ammunition Operations. If a hazardous material is not in the database, it must be requested by a Supervisor on TEAD’s local form SDSTE Form 3871-1 CHEMICAL HAZARD PERMIT TO ORDER. The form then goes to the Safety office which obtains the required MSDS information and approves the order. The Safety Office may also reject any chemical or suggest a possible substitute product. Upon approval, the Tool Room can order the hazardous material and input the appropriate information into the database.
When operations are in progress, only the hazardous material that is needed for one day is issued. At the end of the operations, all remaining hazardous materials are removed from the facility and returned to the Tool Room. This material is then sorted and turned in to general supply for reuse.
TEAD has reaped many benefits from documenting the Hazardous Materials Management Program in a database. These benefits include: more information is available for planning work requirements, increased control over inventory, reduced environmental impact, and lower health risks to personnel.
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