SAFETY AND HEALTH
SECTION I. GENERAL
8.1 Purpose and Applicability
A. The preceding chapters of this publication emphasized the dangers associated with the
receipt, storage, and handling of hazardous materials. Personnel accidents associated with any
industrial-type warehousing operation can have an adverse effect on productive man-hours and
planned production schedules. In the case of hazardous materials the potential for injuries and
lost production time is significantly increased. The purpose of this chapter is to outline safety
and occupational health requirements and to provide general guidance for compliance with
Federal and DoD programs. DoD services/activities will follow specific guidelines and policy
set forth by their respective headquarters.
B. The provisions of this chapter are applicable to all personnel involved in the planning and
execution of activity safety and health programs.
8.2 Federal Regulatory Requirements
A. National occupational safety and health requirements are contained in Public Law 91-596,
Occupational Safety and Health Act, published in Title 29 CFR, the Occupational Safety and
Health Standards. Presidential Executive Order 12196, 26 February 1980, Occupational Safety
and Health Programs for Federal Employees, made the provisions of this Act mandatory for
Federal agencies. This Executive Order provides the heads of Federal agencies with the
flexibility to implement their programs in a manner that is consistent not only with their
respective missions, sizes, and organizations, but also with the standards published in Title 29.
B. Both Title 29 CFR and Executive Order 12196 specifically require each Federal agency to:
1. Publish an agency Occupational Safety and Health Program to carry out the provisions of
2. Develop a set of procedures to ensure effective implementation of the general policy and of
3. Establish goals and objectives to reduce and eliminate occupational accidents, injuries, and
4. Assure that the Safety and Health Office at each agency is designated at appropriate levels
and given sufficient authority to represent the interest and support of the agency head responsible
for the management and administration of the program.