A toxicity clearance of a material helps ensure the safety of Army personnel.
A Toxicity Clearance is a toxicological evaluation of materials prior to their introduction into the Army supply system in order to ensure the safety of Army personnel. An evaluation is performed and the toxicity clearance approved or disapproved based on the specific application or use condition of the product. Examples of materials include fire suppressants, solvents, refrigerants, fabric finishes, materials within vehicle crew compartments, and protective clothing.
The Program Manager is responsible for identifying technically feasible materials and requesting a Toxicity Clearance for use of that material within their program.
Toxicity Clearance requests must include the following information:
§ final chemical formulation (handled as proprietary information if required)
§ identity and application of new material; identity of material being replaced, if applicable
§ reports from manufacturers pertaining to commercial use of the product in the marketplace; material safety data sheets (SDSs)
§ available human and animal toxicity information
§ test data and results on pyrolysis and combustion products, if applicable
The pamphlet and regulations pertaining to Toxicity Clearances are:
Army Regulation 70-1 Army Acquisition Policy
Army Regulation 40-5 Preventive Medicine
AR 40–10 Health Hazard Assessment Program in Support of the Army Acquisition Process
DA Pamphlet 70-3 Army Acquisition Procedures