STORAGE AND CARE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
SECTION I. GENERAL
4.1 Purpose and Applicability
A. This chapter provides general requirements for allocating space for the storage of hazardous
materials, defines the various types of storage required to satisfy safety and regulatory
requirements, outlines storage procedures, and prescribes a storage quality control program.
B. The provisions of this chapter are applicable to all personnel involved in the storage and
care of hazardous materials.
4.2 Reporting of Storage Space. Storage Space Status Reports are current records of space
utilization and occupancy. All warehouse space dedicated to the storage of hazardous materials
will be accurately reported in DD Form 805, Storage Space Management Report as specified by
TM 38-400/NAVSUP PUB 572/AFJMAN 23-210/MCO 4450.14/DLAM 4145.12, Joint Service
Manual for Storage and Materials Handling.
4.3 Hazardous Waste Minimization Responsibilities
A. Installations are legally compelled to take positive and specific actions in day-to-day
management of hazardous materials and hazardous waste. Standards for hazardous waste
generators are established in Title 40 CFR, part 262. Installations, as generators, are required to
submit a report every two years to the Regional Administrator of the EPA. In addition to
covering generator activities during the previous calendar year, the report must include a
description of the efforts taken during the year to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste
generated. Within the Warehousing Division, a significant source of hazardous waste will be
associated with the movement of material into and out of storage locations and the deterioration
of materials in storage.
B. Hazardous waste minimization plans should include, but not be limited to, the following
1. Improved Material Handling Practices. While material handling practices may vary, the
basic principles remain constant. These principles are outlined in TM 38-400/NAVSUP PUB
572/AFJMAN 23-210/MCO 4150.14/DLAM 4145.12 and are particularly applicable to the
movement of hazardous materials, since it is much easier to prevent an incident than to respond
to one. The goal of material handling practices should be to prevent accidents and spills that
damage the environment and the material being moved, either directly or indirectly. Warehouse
workers must be sensitive to the fact that damage to a pallet or outer container will often result in
a spill, an accident, or damage to the material at a later time. Warehouse workers and materials
handling equipment (MHE) operators must understand the hazardous properties of the materials.
They should be aware that certain items are sensitive to an increase in temperature or to
vibration, and that other items may react adversely to water. MHE operators must be thoroughly