SECTION III. SHIPPING HAZARDOUS ITEMS
Director, AMC Packaging,
Storage and Containerization Center
3-1. Shipping Rules Changed. The big news for
shippers of hazardous materials (including the Army)
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was the adoption of tougher packaging guidelines.
Effective 1 Jan 91, performance oriented packaging
c. Or the US Army Safety Center, DSN 558-2450.
recommendations adopted by the United Nations (UN)
The Safety Center address is:
became International law.
The UN requirements involve changing from
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detailed construction specifications to packaging
certified and marked as having passed specified and
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uniform performance tests.
3-3. Know Before You Go. Remember this: As long
While these requirements are aimed primarily at
as you're on a military installation, Department of
packaging manufacturers, shippers and transporters of
Defense and UN regulations apply. Once you leave the
hazardous material must obey them also.
installation, local and state rules also apply. These rules
means, you need help any time you prepare to ship or
may be even more restrictive than the new UN rules.
transport anything that is or can be considered
You must know how to package before you ship or
transport. If you don't know, find out from your local
environmental people before you go.
3-2. Where To Get Help.
SECTION IV. PERSONAL PROTECTION
a. Locally from your environmental control office,
4-1. General. You need to protect yourself from
your installation safety office, your Directorate of
absorbing harmful chemicals through your skin or
Logistics (DOL) or others. If you can't find a reference
breathing in hazardous particles, vapors or gases.
in your local phone book for environmental concerns,
contact your Logistics Assistance Office.
Never rely on smell as a guide to whether you need
to use protective equipment or not. Just because you
can't smell the material doesn't mean that it's harmless.
b. The Army Materiel Command Packaging,
Storage and Containerization Center (PSCC) in
4-2. Pub You Need. Look over DA Pam 385-3 for
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types of protective clothing and equipment you need to
protect yourself from different hazardous materials.
Questions that cannot be answered locally may be
addressed to PSCC by calling DSN 7957070/7147. You
4-3. Types of Personal Protection. Rubber-framed
may also write to them at:
goggles without ventilation holes or plastic face masks
can protect your eyes from the mist and sprays or
splashes of liquids such as acids or alkali solutions.