Department of Defense


                                                October 29, 1990

                                                Change 1, May 6,1996

                                                NUMBER  6050.5


SUBJECT:  DoD Hazard Communication Program,

References:  (a)  DoD Instruction 6050.5, "Hazardous Materials

                  Information System," January 25, 1978 (hereby


             (b)  Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Section

                  1910.1200, "Hazard Communication," August 24, 1987,

                  Section 1910.120, "Hazardous Waste Operations and

                  Emergency Response," May 4, 1987 and Section

                  1910.1450, "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous

                  Chemicals in Laboratories," January 31, 1990.

             (c)  DoD Safety and Occupational Health Program Policy

                  Memorandum 88-1, "Hazard Communication," February

                  9, 1988 (hereby canceled).

             (d)  Federal Standard 313, "Material Safety Data Sheets,

                  Transportation Data, and Disposal Data for

                  Hazardous Materials furnished to Government

                  Activities," latest revision

             (e)  Through (q), see enclosure 1


    This Instruction reissues reference (a); fulfills the

requirements of reference (b); updates DoD policy

responsibilities and procedures for a Comprehensive Hazard

Communication Program that:

    1.  Prescribes training for DoD personnel to ensure that

they are:

        a.  Aware of the potential health hazards associated

with their occupation.

        b.  Informed of safe work practices and proper use of

engineering controls.

        c.  Trained in the selection, use, add availability of

appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent chemically

related injuries and illnesses.

    2.  Requires the DoD Components to comply with the

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under 29

C.F.R. 1910.120, 1910.1200 and 1900.1450 hazard communication

standards (HCS) reference (b).

    3.  Updates policy on hazard communication, DoD Policy

Memorandum 88-1, (reference (c)) and policy on the DoD Hazardous

Materials Information System (HMIS) data system under this

Instruction.  The HMIS is used to acquire, review, store, and

disseminate selected information on hazardous materials as they

are defined in Federal Standard 313 and FARS subparagraph 22.3

and DFARS 252.223-7004 (references (d) and (e)).  The HMIS

provides reference information required at all levels of DoD

management to:

        a.  Develop procedures to prevent injuries and

occupational illness in the handling, storage, use,

transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes.

        b.  Apprise DoD and contractor personnel of the

potential hazards of materials encountered in the DoD


        c.  Devise environmentally acceptable disposal


        d.  Assist in hazardous materials and hazardous waste

minimization programs under DoD Directive 4210.15 (reference


        e.  Comply with Federal safety and health regulations

(reference (b)).

    4.  Authorizes the continued publication of the following

documents, consistent with DoD 5025.1-M (reference (h)).

        a.  DoD 6050.5-M (reference (i)).

        b.  DoD 6050.5-G, (reference (j)).

        c.  DoD 6050.5-G-1, (reference (k)).

        d.  DoD 6050.5-H, (reference (l)).

        e.  DoD 6050.5-W, (reference (m)).


    1.  This Instruction applies to:

        a.  The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); the

Military Departments; the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and

the Joint Staff; the Unified and Specified Commands; the

Inspector General, Department of Defense (IG, DoD); the

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS);

the Defense Agencies; and the DoD Field Activities (hereafter

referred to collectively as "DoD Components").  The term

"Military Services," as used herein, refers to the Army, Navy,

Air Force, and Marine Corps.

        b.  All DoD personnel who use, handle or may be

potentially exposed to hazardous materials and waste, including

those working in contractor facilities.  Where feasible, such

DoD personnel may be included in the contractor's hazard

communication program.  In those cases, DoD Components retain

ultimate responsibility for program oversight, adequacy, and DoD

worker participation.

        c.  All DoD Components in the acquisition and processing

of material safety data sheets (MSDS), in their roles as:

            (1)  Employers of personnel potentially exposed to

hazardous materials in the workplace.

            (2)  Distributors of hazardous materials to

downstream DoD personnel and/or customers, as defined in

accordance with (IAW) the requirements of Section 1900.1200 of

reference (b).

    2.  This Instruction applies to all hazardous materials used

within the Department of Defense, whether centrally or locally

managed and procured.

    3.  Contractor employees, who are employed at a DoD-owned or

-operated facilities may be included in the DoD Components'

Hazard Communication Program on a space available and

reimbursable basis, as determined by the contracting officer.

In those cases, contractors must assume ultimate responsibility

that their employees have received appropriate training, and

ensure that all required records for their employees are

maintained.  Nothing in this Instruction alleviates Government

contractors from full compliance with reference (b) and

comparable state and local requirements.

    4.  The training and labeling requirements of 29 CFR

1910.1200, DoD 6050.5-H (reference (b) and (1)) and the

requirements of this Instruction apply to all DoD Components.

Those requirements should not be duplicated for DoD personnel

regulated by other Federal Agencies exercising statutory

authority under Section 1910.1200, Section (b) (6), of reference

(b); e.g., pest control and nuclear facility workers.

    5.  This Instruction applies only to the occupational uses

and exposures to hazardous chemicals.


    It is DoD policy to:

    1.  Protect DoD personnel from adverse effects of workplace

hazardous materials and waste in order to reduce chemically

related injuries and illnesses.

    2.  Have a standardized HMIS established, maintained, and

used by all the DoD Components.


    1.  The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental

Security (DUSD(ES)), shall provide policy guidance,

coordination, and oversight of the DoD Hazard Communication


    2.  The Head of DoD Components shall:

        a.  Establish and maintain hazard communication programs

that conform to the requirements of this Instruction.

        b.  Designate an office or agency as office of primary

responsibility (OPR) to issue policy and guidance for that

Component's role in the HMIS.  If appropriate, designate a

separate office or agency to serve as that DoD Component's

focal point for obtaining reviewing, entering, and providing

information to the HMIS data bank IAW the DoD Component's


        c.  Inform Headquarters, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

(Attn:  DLA-CAAE), of changes in focal points.

        d.  Ensure that purchase requests for applicable supply

items include a requirement for contracting activities to obtain

from offerors/suppliers MSDS and OSHA HCS compliant hazard

warning label, IAW MIL-STD-129K, Federal Standard 313 and DFARS

252.223-7004, (references (n), (d) and (e)).  The MSDS must be

available for worker training and reference prior to the

material being released for use in the workplace.

        e.  Establish health education programs IAW with this

Instruction and DoD Instructions 6055.1 and 6055.5 (references

(o) and (p)) to ensure that all personnel who work with

hazardous materials or wastes are notified of the following:

            (1)  Hazards to which they are potentially exposed.

            (2)  Exposure symptoms and emergency first aid


            (3)  Precautions for safe use.

            (4)  Personal protective equipment and control


            (5)  Waste disposal instructions.

        f.  Develop procedures to ensure that any proprietary

formulary and/or trade secret information in a MSDS is protected

and used only as a management tool for exposure and accident

prevention and health hazard education.  Trade secret

information shall be treated IAW the requirements and

restrictions of the 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200, (reference (b)).

Disclosure of any information outside of the Department of

Defense shall be IAW DoD Directive 5400.7 (reference (q)).

        g.  Provide guidance to its contracting officers to

include in contracts for the purchase of hazardous materials; a

notice that the MSDS and manufacturer's labels are to be

forwarded to the designated office of the contracting activity,

who shall be responsible for forwarding the MSDS and

manufacturers label to the DoD Components' HMIS focal point.

        h.  Ensure that MSDS and label information in any of the

Component's local level reference systems is forwarded to their

designated focal point for review and submission to the DoD

HMIS, as appropriate.

        i.  If requested, provide the Director, DLA, with

information for the semiannual management report on status of

HMIS implementation.

     3.  The Director, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is hereby

designated executive agent for the HMIS and publication of DoD

Manual 6050.5-M, "DoD Hazardous Materials Information System

Procedures" and shall administer the HMIS IAW the policies

established by the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

(Safety and Occupational Health Policy) (ADUSD(SH)), under the

direction of the DUSD(ES), and specifically shall:

         a.  Establish and operate the DoD HMIS data bank for the

storage and retrieval of data IAW the following minimum


             (1)  Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS),

transportation, disposal, and label information shall be

accessible by National Item Identification Number (NIIN), focal

point assigned stock number (in the absence of NIIN), trade name

and/or part number, hazard characteristic code, hazardous

ingredients, and manufacturer/distributor commercial and

government entity (CAGE) code.

             (2)  The data bank shall be open-ended to allow for

expansion,  as required by future safety, health, environmental,

or transportation legislation or regulation.

             (3)  MSDS records shall be retained for at least 40

years.  Data may be centrally archived as the system grows.

        b.  Receive and process hazardous materials information

from DoD Component's focal points, the General Services

Administration (GSA) and other Federal Agencies as specified in

the DoD 6050.5-M (reference (i)).

        c.  Publish and distribute the HMIS in both restricted

and non-restricted versions and the data in media (microfiche

and/or electronic data interchange technologies), appropriate to

the needs and/or technology availabilities of the DoD customer

on a quarterly basis IAW standard practices for the media


        d.  Issue guidance to all DoD Components, as required to

establish, operate, and improve the DoD HMIS data bank.

        e.  Provide a semiannual management report to the

DUSD(ES) on the status of the implementation of the HMIS for

all of the Department of Defense.  Include the operational

content and use statistics of the data-base.  This report is due

May 15 and November 15 of each year.  DoD Component input must

be requested through the Component OPR.

        f.  Negotiate agreements with Federal agencies

establishing OPRs and focal points and for interaction with


        g.  Negotiate agreements with industry to exchange

hazardous material data.

E.  Procedures

    1.  Training

        a.  Personnel occupationally exposed to hazardous

materials shall be trained IAW the HCS requirements (reference

(b)) prior to being assigned to work with hazardous materials or


        b.  The DoD and Federal Agency Hazard Communication

Training Program DoD 6050.5-G-1, (reference (k)) should be used

as the minimum training for all DoD personnel who handle or use

hazardous materials.  The DoD Components are not to develop or

purchase other basic hazard communication training programs.

        c.  In-depth training on specific chemicals or

operations is required and may be accomplished using commercial

or DoD Component-developed programs.  Research activities may

tailor the program in Section 1910.1450 of reference (b) to meet

the special needs of their workers.  Copies of DoD

Component-developed programs (base level, major command, or

Component-wide) should be submitted to the ODUSD(ES) for the

purpose of sharing those programs among the DoD Components.

    2.  Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

        a.  Hazard warning information, MSDS and label, shall be

readily accessible to DoD personnel for all hazardous materials

they handle, use or may be potentially exposed.

        b.  DoD or contractor occupational health and/or safety

personnel shall be available, on request, to provide

explanations or interpretations of MSDS to supervisors and

affected workers and assistance in HCS training.

        c.  DoD policy is to use the HCS (Section 1910.1200 of

reference (b)) as a basis for hazard communication programs

in-foreign countries.  Officials responsible for installations

in foreign countries shall determine requirements for items to

be acquired by contract and shall specify the need for the

contractor to furnish safety and health hazard data.  That

requirement shall be stated in each procurement request for each

hazardous chemical to be acquired either as an end-item or as a

component of the material being procured.  A copy of the

hazardous material information shall be provided to the DoD

Component's focal point, for transmittal to the DoD HMIS, if the

hazardous chemical is expected to be procured more than once or

will ultimately be turned in to the Defense Reutilization and

Marketing Office.

        d.  The activity controlling the formulation of

hazardous chemicals produced by DoD Components shall develop

the MSDS and the DoD label (DD Forms 2521 and 2522).  The

controlling DoD Component shall supply the MSDS and the DoD

label to subsequent users and to the DoD Component focal point

for entry into the HMIS data bank.  Classified MSDSs and DoD

labels shall be maintained and used by the DoD Components, but

will not be sent to the DoD HMIS.  Unclassified versions of

this MSDS, adequate for transportation, spill response and

emergency medical treatment, along with emergency telephone

number should be provided to the DoD HMIS.

        e.  For nationally stock-listed and locally purchased

nonstandard stock hazardous chemicals, MSDS and HCS-compliant

labels shall be contractually required and obtained by the

responsible contracting officer and forwarded to the DoD

Component's focal point for processing to the HMIS data bank.

For locally purchased chemicals, the contracting officer shall

ensure the installation MSDS points of contact (POC) review the

MSDS and label for adequacy before contract award.  The

installation POC shall then forward the MSDS and label to the

DoD Component's focal point for processing. (DoD 6050.5-M

reference (i)).

    3.  DoD Labeling

        a.  All hazardous chemicals used by DoD Components will

be labeled IAW with HCS (reference (b)).

        b.  Commercial suppliers shall be required to label all

hazardous materials with HCS-compliant labels (Section 1910.1200

of reference (b)) IAW MIL-STD-129 (reference (n)).

        c.  DoD activities are not required to relabel, with the

DoD label, hazardous chemicals received from commercial

suppliers when those materials are labeled IAW the HCS (29

C.F.R. 1910.1200, reference (b)).

        d.  The DoD hazardous chemical warning labeling system

(DoD 6050.5-H, reference (l)) is a method of communicating

standardized hazard warning information to DoD personnel when

manufacturers' labels cannot be used.  DoD labeling shall be

based on the information provided on the manufacturers' MSDS and

label, and be IAW the methodology described in reference (1).

The DoD label and data descriptors are to be used to meet the

OSHA labeling requirements within the Department of Defense


            (1)  Hazardous chemicals manufactured by the

Department of Defense.  If required, specific ingredients,

composition, or properties may be protected for national

security reasons.  Labels for items with protected information

should contain unclassified information adequate to identify

hazards and protect personnel, including name and address of DoD

activity responsible for developing the MSDS and the DoD label.

Copies of unclassified label information should be provided to

the appropriate HMIS focal point.

            (2)  Repackaged containers or breakdown quantities

of hazardous chemicals.

            (3)  Marking tanks, piping, vats, or similar vessels

of hazardous chemicals when other means, such as placards, are

not available.

            (4)  Unlabeled hazardous materials already available

in the DoD inventory.  Chemicals in depot storage will be

labeled when shipped or removed for use.

        e.  The DoD label can be applied with variations.  Color

DoD labels may be used.  The size of the DoD label may be

locally varied to fit the size and shape of the container being

labeled.  Local reproduction is authorized.

        f.  For efficient and consistent use of DD Forms 2521

and 2522, "Hazardous Chemical Warning Label," the DLA shall

develop the system capability to allow the Military Departments,

DLA, GSA and other organizations the capability to develop a

data base of HCS-compliant labeling information for all

hazardous chemicals in the HMIS.  New fields shall be added to

the HMIS, as required to contain DoD labeling information.  The

DLA shall provide the DoD Components a labeling file that prints

the DoD Hazardous Chemical Warning label (DD Forms 2521 and

2522) from the HMIS compact disk-read only memory (CD-ROM) disk

within 90 days of publication of this Instruction.

        g.  DoD Components shall not develop or use other

workplace hazardous materials warning labels, except for Navy

ships which may use alternate HCS compliant labeling for

repackaged or breakdown containers or unlabeled containers

aboard ship.

    4.  Hazard Communication and Chemical Hygiene Plans

        a.  All DoD Component installations using hazardous

materials shall develop a written hazard communication plan IAW

29 C.F.R. 1910.1200 (reference (b)).  Additionally, DoD

installations with laboratories shall develop a chemical hygiene

plan, IAW Section 1900.1450 of reference (b).

        b.  The installation plans should be readily available

to all affected personnel and include any installation unique

procedures about the local purchase of hazardous materials.

        c.  The hazard communication plan must ensure that

contractors bringing hazardous materials onto DoD installations


            (1)  Provide advance notification (normally 30 days)

to installation officials of hazardous materials that will be

used in the performance of the work.

            (2)  Provide copies of MSDS and labels of the

hazardous chemicals and materials to the contracting officer,

who shall forward these documents to installation health and

safety officials 5 working days before the materials are brought

on to the installation.

    5.  HMIS.  The DoD Component's focal points shall input

information to the HMIS data bank as described in the DoD

6050.5-M (reference (i)) and in the following procedures:

        a.  Receive all MSDS obtained by the DoD Component's

procuring activities.

        b.  Review MSDS and labels as received to ensure that

data are complete, reasonable, legible, and in conformance with

the requirements of the HCS (29 C.F.R. 1900.1200, reference

(b)).  (Laboratory verification of technical elements is not

required.)  Add missing data elements and check obvious or

suspected errors with the originator.  Return incomplete or

inadequate MSDS and labels to the supplier for correction.

        c.  Submit data to the DoD system through the media

(hard copy or electronic data interchange technologies)

appropriate to the technological capabilities and/or

availabilities of the DoD Component system users IAW the

procedures of DoD 6050.5-M (reference (i)).

        d.  Act as the primary POC between the DoD hazardous

material data bank and the Component activities.


The information requirements prescribed herein, including

the establishment and operation of the DLA data base, are

assigned Report Control Symbol DD-(FM&P) (A,Q&AR) 1486.


This Instruction is effective immediately.

        Christopher Jehn

  Assistant Secretary defense

  (Force Management and Personnel)



    REFERENCES, continued

(e)  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subpart 23.3, and

52.223-3, "Material Safety Data Sheets:  Hazard Materials

Identification and Material Safety Data"

(f)  Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), Subpart 223.72 and clause

252.223-7004, "Material Safety Data Sheets:  Hazard

Materials Identification and Material Safety Data"

(g)  DoD Directive 4210.15, "Hazardous Materials Pollution

Prevention," July  27, 1989

(h)  DoD 5025.1-M, "Department of Defense Directive System

Procedures," April 1981, authorized by DoD Directive

5025.1, December 23, 1988

(i)  DoD 6050.5-M, "DoD Hazardous Materials Information System

Procedures,"  July 1981, authorized by this Instruction

(j)  DoD 6050.5-G, "The Hazardous Materials Information System

Users Guide," January 1987, authorized by this Instruction

(k)  DoD 6050.5-G-1, "Department of Defense Federal Hazard

Communication, Training Program - Trainer's Guide," April

1988, authorized by this Instruction

(l)  DoD 6050.5-H, "Department of Defense Hazardous Chemical

Warning Labeling System," June 1989, authorized by this


(m)  DoD 6050.5-W, "Department of Defense Federal Hazard

Communication, Training Program - Student's Workbook,"

April 1988, authorized by this Instruction

(n)  MIL-STD-129k "Marking for Shipment and Storage," September

15, 1989

(o)  DoD Instruction 6055.1, "DoD Occupational Safety and Health

Program," October 26, 1984

(p)  DoD Instruction 6055.5, "Industrial Hygiene and

Occupational Health," January 10, 1989

(q)  DoD Directive 5400.7, "DoD Freedom of Information Act

Program," May 13, 1988
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