Hazardous Material Operations-Management
Fort Rucker’s Mission
The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker’s mission is to develop Army aviation doctrine and provide rotary and fixed wing aviation training. There are over 600 rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft which are contractor-maintained. The infrastructure, logistics, supply operations, utilities, natural resources, environment, quality of life, and recreation needs of the post are overseen by typical Army garrison organizations. The installation is also home to numerous tenant organizations. The installation consists of five major airfields (two of which are not contiguous to main post but are located in the cities of Daleville and Enterprise, each approximately 40 minutes away round trip).
HMCC’s Work Load
The Hazardous Material Control Center (HMCC) manages 700-800 individual line items of hazardous materials (HM) for customers, and delivers to approximately 50-60 work sites every 2 days. Average number of containers being unloaded, processed, stocked, and issued is approximately 24,000 containers per month. The HMCC assists approximately 20-30 walk-in customers a week.
Ambipar Response OSE’s Relationship with Fort Rucker
OSE has successfully operated and managed the Fort Rucker HMCC for the Directorate of Logistics since April 2009. The HMCC receives and issues HM to all Army operations throughout the installation, operates a large quantity generator 90-day hazardous waste accumulation site, and a satellite accumulation point.
Controlling the Receipt and Issuance of all Hazardous Materials
The Ambipar Response OSE team includes 6 employees from OSE and 3 employees from Haas Group International. This team utilizes Army software programs (HSMS/HMMS and SARSS) to control the receipt and issuance of all hazardous materials. Duties include maintenance of user identification and passwords for all computer system users, HMMS training, inventory management, operation of a free HM issuance program, maintenance of MSDSs for all HM, receipt and storage of HW and universal waste, and operation of a recycling program to include a can puncture program and recycling of oil, batteries, printer cartridges, crushed oil and aerosol cans. Using the HMCC, OSE is able to extend the shelf life of expired HM for reuse and has saved the Army hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.