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AFI - Air Force Instruction


An Air Force Instruction (AFI) is a policy or guideline issued by the United States Air Force (USAF). Compliance with AFI's is mandatory for U.S. Air Force military forces under the jurisdiction of the AFI's author.

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Some AFI's apply to the entire USAF while others apply only to specific Air Force bases or commands. For example, AFI 32-7086 of February 4, 2015 governs management of hazardous materials management throughout the Air Force whereas Hill AFB 48-106 covers hazard communication only at Hill Air Force Base.

Members of the U.S. Air Force must comply with national SDS standards and regulations such as 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard), but AFI's may supplement those national standards and regulations. AFI's can include chemical labeling, shipping, transport, and/or storage requirements.

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AFIs differ from MIL-SPECs which are defense/military standards that outline specific technical performance requirements for items that are manufactured to military requirements/specifications. AFI's are general orders to personnel throughout the specified chain of command whereas MIL-SPECs are specific to particular items used by the DoD. An AFI may, of course, reference one or more MIL-SPECs. For example, the Air Force has AFI's which specify that firefighting foam must meet MIL-F-24385F: Fire Extinguishing Agent, Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Liquid Concentrate, for Fresh and Sea Water.

SDS Relevance

SDS's prepared with the military in mind may occasionally reference AFI's. Some of the more common ones are:

Further Reading

See also: DOT, HMIRS, NAICS.

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