Hazardous Material Analysis and Coding System (HAZMACS)
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY ALEXANDRIA VA OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OFFICE
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A new hazardous material classification system is being implemented. It consists of 55 Hazardous Characteristic Codes HCC. The HCC will provide critical information needed to effectively manage, store and ship hazardous materials such as poisons, pesticides, radioactive materials, oxidizers, corrosive liquids and explosives. With implementation of new automated Defense Logistics Agency DLA Warehousing and Shipping Procedures DWASP, DLA depot receiving personnel will be required to assign the HCC if it missing from pertinent documents. Without the HCC, the DWASP system will not assign a depot storage location. Because the new HCC must be assigned quickly and accurately, an expert systems approach offers a feasible and practical means for providing this support. Accordingly, the Hazardous Material Analysis and Coding System HAZMACS was developed. HAZMACS is a PC-based expert system which queries the user about the known characteristics of suspected hazardous material and assigns an HCC based on the users responses. HAZMACS consists of a main knowledge base file which chains to any of 13 other hazard-specific knowledge base files.
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