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HMIRS - Hazardous Material Information Resource System

Definition

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The Hazardous Material Information Resource System (HMIRS) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) automated system developed and maintained by the Defense Logistics Agency. HMIRS is the central repository for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the United States Government military services, civil agencies and their contractors.

In 2017, the DLA's Hazardous Material Management System was merged with DoD's HMIRS to create HMIRS Next Gen, the current version of the product. The DLA announced this in an article titled New consolidated DoD HAZMAT website saves time and money.

This system was previously called HMIS through May 2002, but the name was changed, in part, to avoid conflict with other similarly-named systems:

Additional Info

HMIRS gives DoD and other Federal employees access to the Safety Data Sheets for hazardous items in the government inventory. HMIRS also assists in compliance with transportation/shipping requirements through value-added data. The transportation information provides proper shipping names, hazardous classes, and shipping label requirements associated with HazMat for shipment, nationally or internationally, by any mode of transportation.

DoD Instruction 6050.05 (Feb 26, 2019) requires labels to be consistent with the 2012 version of H29 CFR 1910.1200, the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for US locations or the GHS for non-US locations per Military Standard MIL-STD-129R, Federal Standard FED-STD-313E, and Subpart 223.3, DFARS. Previously, DoD had their own Hazard Communicating Warning Label format under these standards.

HMIRS information is also provided to various other DoD systems for environmental, logistics, and transportation purposes. In addition, HMIRS is also the repository for the Hazard Characteristics Codes (HCC) assigned to hazardous materials. HCC's addresses an often overlooked, but highly critical, aspect of working with hazardous materials, the proper segregation and physical separation of incompatible substances.

There are approximately 544,000 records in the HMIRS database. However, the records are for official use by government employees and government-sponsored contractors only and are unavailable to the general public. While an officially licensed civilian version was at one point commercially available prior to ~2016, unauthorized distribution of the product or its contents is strictly prohibited and may be punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.

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SDS Relevance

The HMIRS HCC's can appear on sheets that come from the civilian version of the database or on sheets whose manufacturer has written their sheets so they can be incorporated directly into HMIRS without further changes. OSHA does not require HCC's to be on Safety Data Sheets, but, of course, the information conveyed by these codes is part of the required content.

Further Reading

See also: AFI, HCC

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