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Hazardous Materials


The Consolidated Hazardous Material Reutilization and Inventory Management Program (CHRIMP) is a successful methodology used to achieve life cycle hazardous material and control (HMC&M) and pollution prevention (P2) at the command and facility levels. The CHRIMP program provides a standardized approach and guidance for the development and implementation of centralized HMC&M practices that result in a reduction of HM procured, stocked, distributed and eventually disposed of as waste. Naval Station Newport is comprised of the host command and 37 other tenant commands. Each command is required to purchase, and receive all their hazardous materials (HM) from the centralized hazardous materials center (HMC) located at building 1166CC (shown above). They are also required to ensure that all containers are returned to the HMC whether empty or partially full upon completion of project.

Hazardous Material Points of Contact:

Program Manager (401) 841-6378
HMC Manager (401) 841-2654

Hazardous Material
- A hazardous material is a material that because of it’s quantity, concentration, physical, chemical or infection characteristics may pose a substantial hazard to human health, property, or the environment when treated, handled, used packaged, stored, transported or disposed of.

Hazardous Material Control and Management (HMC&M) Committee

The HMC&M committee is comprised of a representative from environmental, supply, safety, public works, MWR, and any tenant commands wishing to attend. The committee meets quarterly usually in the second month of the quarter. The HMC&M committee is the steering committee for the HM program, and as such, reviews HM AULs, ensures training for coordinators is provided, decides what chemicals will be available for general use, etc.

Hazardous Material Control and Management (HMC&M) Plan

The HMC&M plan contains roles and responsibilities for all employees of Naval Station Newport and tenant commands. The plan also outlines the process of obtaining HM or adding HM to your AUL. A copy of the plan can be downloaded at HMC&M Plan.

HMC Operations
- the HMC performs many functions including:

  1. Maintains the authorized use list (AUL) for each departments of NAVSTA Newport or tenant command.
  2. Updates and issues a new AUL to the customer every time a new item is added.
  3. Purchase all HM for the NAVSTA Newport departments and tenant commands.
  4. Barcodes, issues and delivers all HM from the HMC to the work site or area where the HM will be used.
  5. Collects the empty containers from the various work sites.
  6. Issues material safety data sheet (MSDS) upon request.

Steps to Obtaining Hazardous Material

  1. Determine what material is needed.
  2. Check the existing AUL to ensure it is currently authorized.
  3. If on AUL, continue to step 4. If not on AUL, go to step 6.
  4. Fill out a hazardous material request form (appendix (a)) and fax it to the HMC at 841-1300.
  5. The HMC personnel will purchase the item, and deliver it to you within 48 hours (excludes weekends).
  6. If the item is not on your AUL, fill out appendix (b) of the HMC&M plan, attach the MSDS to the enclosure, and forward the request to the HMC via the base safety and environmental offices.
  7. Once the item has been approved and added to your AUL, the HMC will issue you a new AUL with the item on it and you may then order the HM by going back to step 4.

What to do with the Empty Containers
- all empty containers must be returned to the HMC in order for proper processing to occur. The HMC personnel record that the container was returned to the HMC and that the contents of the container was used. DO NOT THROW THE CONTAINER IN THE TRASH – CONTAINERS ARE RECYCLED. If a container is not returned to the HMC, a missing container report will be issued after 60 days.

What to do with containers that still contain some material
- If material remains in the container when the job is complete, it must be returned to the HMC. The HMC personnel will log the container back into the system for future use and you will avoid a missing container report. Do not store the item in your own HM locker; return it to the HMC.

What to do if the original material is transferred to another container
- Place a new label on the new container that you are transferring the material into. A HM diamond identification label should also be applied to the new container.

How to ensure material is stored properly
- Ensure all categories of materials are separated for storage. All flammable items must be stored in a flammable locker. Separate oxidizers from reactives, place cylinders in cylinder lockers, ensure liquids have secondary containment. Store all acids and bases in acid and base lockers. DO NOT STORE ACIDS AND BASES IN THE SAME LOCKER, THEY WILL REACT IF MIXED. All HM that does not fit in one of the specialty lockers can be stored in other lockers that have been labeled as Hazardous Materials. If lockers are needed, contact Deb Moore at 841-1790.

Hazardous Material Coordinators

Each department of Naval Station Newport and all tenant commands have at least one hazardous material coordinator. The coordinator duties are outlined in NAVSTANPTINST 5090.14A, Hazardous Material Management and Control. The main duties include:

  1. Maintaining accurate inventory and AUL lists.
  2. Ensure all HM requests are valid and item is listed on AUL.
  3. Ensure all containers are properly labeled and maintain MSDS for HM on hand.
  4. Ensure all HM is stored compatibly and doesn’t pose any danger from reaction.
  5. Attend annual training for HM coordinators.
  6. Inspect and ensure work center storage locations are approved and are neat and orderly.
  7. Ensure outstanding HM containers are returned to the HMC.
  8. Ensures self help painting projects incorporate the use of one of the approved colors of paint.

When the coordinator either goes on to the next assignment (military) or leaves due to retirement or advancement, the command must assign a new HM coordinator in writing and send it to the HMC&M board via code N8N.

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