Original Date: 04/06/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Closed Loop Hazardous Material System
The Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) established a team in April 1996 to administer the facility's Hazardous Material Management Program (HMMP). The HMMP Team offers centralized management and tracking of Hazardous Substances (HSs). HS herein is taken to include hazardous material (HM) and hazardous wastes.
The mission of ANAD’s HMMP is to establish program policy and guidance, requirements, time lines; establish feedback mechanisms to monitor program success and identify issues; recommend resources and new management practices; resolve technical and support issues; satisfy environmental reporting requirements; and when required, brief the chain of command.
The program’s goal is the cradle-to-grave management for HSs. Oversight begins at the cradle (via prepurchase approval) and continues through the grave (which is final disposal or treatment at permitted facilities). The team applies best management practices throughout the HM life cycle to reduce risk to human health and the environment. These practices include ordering, storing, distributing, using, and disposing of HSs.
Centralized management of HM ensures full facility-wide visibility of all HM at any given time. This information is readily available via the local area network and includes the locations, amounts, and types of HM. The Hazardous Material Management System (HMMS), developed by the Joint Logistics Systems Center, was chosen to manage the HS database. This automated system is used to track HM from the time it arrives on the Depot until it is consumed or sent out as a hazardous waste.
ANAD has established the following business management practices to meet mission objectives: Reuse procedures;
Purchases by unit of use versus unit of issue;
Centralized issue/storage points;
Program oversight by a centralized team;
Authorized user/use list;
Prescribed inventory levels at wholesale/retail levels; and
Continued HS training and awareness programs.
In an earlier Army Audit Agency report, the Depot was cited for high levels of HM inventories. Inventory control equates to a reduction of costs and generation of unnecessary wastes. These HMMP business practices have streamlined and consolidated existing tasks and provided a means to collect data for reporting requirements directed by Executive Order 12856, Federal Compliance with Right-To-Know Laws and Pollution Prevention Requirements.
The HMMP has generated cost savings through reductions in HM. It has also provided for the effective control of HSs at ANAD. Additional savings have been realized by bringing HM inventories in line with usage rates at the wholesale and retail levels. Environmental report preparation times have also been reduced with increased accuracy. Net savings of approximately $200,000 were obtained in FY1997, one year after the HMMS was implemented.
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