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Figure 5-4A.—Material Safety Data Sheet (front)
Categories of Used or Excess Hazardous  Material Afloat  units  turn  in  used  or  excess  hazardous materials  to  Public  Works  Centers  or  other  shore collection sites. The shore site then restores, recycles, or disposes of the used or excess hazardous materials. Material Safety Data Sheets Material  Safety  Data  Sheets  (MSDSs)  are  technical bulletins  containing  information  about  hazardous material (figs. 5-4A and 5-4 B). Manufacturers produce MSDSs based on their testing and research of their products.  By  law,  they  must  provide  the  data  to hazardous materials users. They tell users how to use, store, and dispose of hazardous material. OPNAVINST 5100.19B requires all hands to follow these guidelines. MSDSs must be in English and contain at least the following information about the material: Identity Hazardous  ingredients Physical and chemical characteristics Physical  hazards Reactivity Health  hazards Precautions  for  safe  handling  and  use Control  measures Routes of entry into the body Emergency  and  first-aid  procedures  for  exposure Date of preparation of the MSDS or last change Name,   address,   and   phone   number   of   a responsible party who can provide additional information  on  the  hazardous  material  and appropriate  emergency  procedures Manufacturers may use any format or arrangement of  this  information,  but  every  MSDS  must  include  all the  items.  Some  MSDSs  contain  ingredient  information that  the  manufacturer  considers  proprietary  (a  trade secret).  Proprietary  information  is  provided  on  the compact  disk-read  only  memory  (CD-ROM)  labeled “LR”   version.   The   “L”   version   does   not   contain proprietary   information.   Only   safety   and   health professionals should have access to the “LR” version of the  CD-ROM. Every hazardous material user must be trained on the precautions associated with that material. MSDSs must be available upon request to any user. If you have a  question,  check  with  your  command’s  hazardous material/hazardous  waste  coordinator. Hazardous  Materials  Information  System The  Hazardous  Materials  Information  System (HMIS) is a computerized data base of Material Safety Data  Sheets  (MSDSs).  It  provides  information  for people  working  in  hazardous  materials  management. The   system   provides   basic   technical   information required at all levels to aid in the proper handling, storage,  transportation,  and  disposal  of  hazardous materials. In addition, it provides information about safety,  health,  and  environmental  functions. The HMIS data base provides useful information on more  than  70,000  hazardous  materials  used  by  DOD. The  Naval  Supply  Systems  Command  distributes  the data  base  quarterly  on  Compact  Disk-Read  Only Memory (CD-ROM) as part of the  Hazardous  Material Control  Management  (HMC&M)  CD-ROM,   which contains  the  following  materials: HMIS data base with MSDSs and labels Hazardous Material Afloat Program (HMAP) Management  Guide Hazardous  Material  User’s  Guide  (HMUG) Ships Hazardous Material List (SHML) Safety Equipment Shopping Guide Naval  Safety  Center  roster Various hazardous material and environmental compliance   instructions Tutorial for hardware and software Each ship and most shore stations have been issued computer  compact  disk  (CD)  players,  which  are  on distribution for  HMC&M  updates.  Navy  Environmental and Preventive Medicine Units (NePMUs) also offer a 1-day course that covers the retrieval of data, including the  type  of  data  available,  from  the  HMIS  system. Labeling  of  Hazardous  Materials Labeling  provides  the  handler,  shipper,  and  user  of a hazardous material with critical information. You must ensure every container of hazardous material has 5-10

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