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Chemical Lifecycle Management:
Management Support
Management needs to understand liabilities associated with shock sensitive chemicals and
support those programs necessary for the management of these chemicals. Management also
should develop clear roles responsibilities and authorities so that various aspects of chemical
management are never in question.
Training and Qualifications
Management should ensure that employees who handle, store, or use shock sensitive chemicals
understand the hazards and recognize when a potentially shock sensitive chemical has become a
When shock sensitive, unstable compounds are found they should only be handled by trained, qualified
specialists as identified by management.
Such qualified specialists could be persons (1) who, because of education, training, or
experience, or a combination of these factors, is capable of understanding the health and
environmental risks associated with the chemical substance which is handled under his or her
supervision, (2) who is responsible for enforcing appropriate methods of handling, treating and
disposing of chemicals to minimize risks, and (3) who is responsible for the safety assessments
and clearances related to the procurement, storage, use, and disposal of the chemical substance as
may be appropriate or required.
Identification of Shock Sensitive and Potentially Shock Sensitive Chemicals
The most important element of a shock sensitive chemical management program is to determine
how shock sensitive and potentially shock sensitive chemicals will be identified and managed.
Since there is no definitive answer as to what should or should not be defined as being shock
sensitive, written guidance should be developed at the local level. This guidance should take
into account the type of work being performed, the nature of the chemical in question, storage
conditions, other safety systems present, relevant references, etc., and should be implemented by
a qualified person designated by management. It should also be made available to all employees
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