On September 30, AIA’s NAS411 Working Group completed an important milestone with the release of the third revision of National Aerospace Standard 411 (“NAS411”), Hazardous Materials Management Program (“HMMP”) and the creation of a new standard known as NAS411-1, Hazardous Material Target List (“HMTL”). In use for almost twenty years, AIA’s NAS411 provides a customizable process to reduce and manage HAZMAT risks in contractually-developed hardware (including their associated operating and support requirements), facilities construction and non-product maintenance and support services. The new HMTL identifies and categorizes specific materials for risk management actions and was jointly developed by the Department of Defense and AIA to provide guidance on restrictions and/or reporting requirements for HAZMAT on military contracts.
Over the past two years, the NAS411 WG (comprised of industry and DoD representatives) has been evaluating proposed improvements in contractual HAZMAT risk management efforts and agreed-upon improvements have been incorporated into the two NAS. Both NAS411 and NAS411-1 now reflect approaches for differing levels of HAZMAT risk and risk management and provide guidance for reducing and managing those risks. The outcome of the collaborative effort has aligned the two documents with military requirements contained in MIL-STD-882E Task 108 that may be imposed on military acquisition contracts. However, the use of two NAS is not limited to military contracts and can be used on non-military government and commercial product and service contracts.
NAS411 and targeted materials lists are well established in military acquisition contracting and have been shown to effectively support the minimization and control of HAZMAT risks and costs over the lifecycle of a product. AIA believes the structure and process provided by the revised NAS411 and the new NAS411-1 will continue to reduce HAZMAT-related lifecycle costs and improve HMMP performance by limiting the variability of targeted materials in military contracts. Both NAS411 and NAS411-1 will be reviewed at least annually, but possibly more frequently based on several factors, including feedback on the standards received by AIA and the increasing understanding of both the risks HAZMAT poses to human health and the environment and regulatory efforts to control those risks.
AIA has developed the National Aerospace Standards for 75 years. More information about the NAS standards can be found on-line at www.aia-nas.org.