American Management Systems, a global business and information technology consulting firm, has launched the United States government's Hazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS) on behalf of the US Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency. DLA provides worldwide logistical, technical, and supply support to the nation's military services and several civilian federal agencies during peacetime and wartime operations.
HMIRS is an online repository of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for more than 290,000 products. The system is used by tens of thousands of military and civilian agency personnel from DLA, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the General Services Administration who handle, store, transport, use, or dispose of hazardous materials.
DLA's goal was to simplify the process for capturing MSDS information and allow suppliers to electronically submit MSDSs in an image format, reducing or eliminating manual data entry.