forwarded to the packaging facility for restoration. Compliance with Title 49 CFR, parts 174.48,
174.50, and 177.854 as appropriate is required.
3. Proper palletization of hazardous materials should be accomplished incident to shipment in
accordance with MIL-STD-147, Palletized Unit Loads.
3.19 Customer and Unit Returns
A. Base or retail supply level hazardous materials facilities must perform the same basic
receiving functions listed in paragraphs 3-17 and 3-18. In addition, the following guidelines
should be incorporated in local operating procedures, customer handbooks, and other media:
1. Serviceable hazardous material returns should be coordinated between the local using
activity and the base supply or support activity. The using unit should provide information such
as condition of the material, condition of the container(s) or package(s), material nomenclature,
shelf life information, and appropriate MSDSs.
2. Based on the information provided, the base supply activity will either accept the material
or provide additional disposition instructions. Base supply activities that issue and receive
hazardous materials must not add excessive requirements that could cause illegal dumping.
Many unit level activities do not have proper storage facilities for excessive amounts of
hazardous materials and waste and this should be taken into account when developing local
B. The base supply activity will inspect customer returns for serviceability. This inspection
will be performed by personnel trained in the identification, packaging, and storage of hazardous
materials. Materials determined to be unserviceable will be disposed of in accordance with local
DRMO or base environmental office procedures.
C. Excess serviceable hazardous materials will be reported to the responsible Material
Management Center (MMC) or Inventory Control Point (ICP) for disposition instructions.
D. Use should be made of the automated Hazardous Material Management System and/or other
automated tracking systems to assure complete control of hazardous materials at the facility.
3.20 Inspection of Radioactive Material
A. Radioactive material may be received as part of a larger shipment of other hazardous
materials, or the Government may be required to pick it up at a carrier's terminal. Procedures
followed relating to package pickup, monitoring of external package surfaces, notification of
appropriate authorities, and maintenance of records and written procedures will be followed as
specified in Title 10 CFR part 20.1906. The results of monitoring will, in all cases, be
documented. It should be noted that while Title 10 CFR, part 20.1906, exempts certain packages
from immediate monitoring, all packages containing radioactive material will be monitored prior
B. During the preliminary inspection, each package containing radioactive material will be