Given the urgency of the wars we are in, the daunting global security
environment we will inhabit for decades to come, and our country's economic
problems, we simply cannot afford to move ahead with business as usual.
—Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Chemicals are contained in many products used to operate and maintain military installations, weapons systems, and equipment. Hazardous materials, in particular, can pose significant risks to the overall DoD mission. To ensure that appropriate information is available to manage these risks during daily business operations, DoD launched the Hazardous Materials Process Controls and Information Management (HMPC&IM) business process reengineering (BPR) initiative. The first phase of the BPR, Product Hazard Data (PHD), was integrated into the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture in 2006.
PHD established requirements for centralized, accurate, consistent, interoperable information for hazardous materials. DoD's Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) and Logistics communities developed the PHD business vocabulary which is currently being implemented in Component IT systems.
Implementation of the PHD business vocabulary will improve access to the information required during the operation and sustainment lifecycle of hazardous materials, eliminate redundant activities, improve the efficiency of DoD's data management workload, and enhance overall ESOH support to the warfighter. BEI is actively engaged in helping the Military Services and Defense Agencies with implementation.
For more information, see HMPC&IM in the BEI Library.