Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Staff Noncommissioned Officer/Noncommissioned Officer

MGySgt to LCpl - FMOS


Hazardous material/hazardous waste (HM/HW) staff noncommissioned officers/noncommissioned officers manage numerous aspects of the unit HM/HW program. The primary areas of focus are: distinguishing HM from HW; implementing Hazard Communication Training Programs; monitoring HM inventory control procedures; maximizing source reduction; and monitoring HW streams, proper storage, and prescribed disposal practices. HM/HW staff noncommissioned officers/noncommissioned officers will also supervise unit operations to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, and maintain the unit's emergency response equipment and procedures. In some cases, the HM/HW staff noncommissioned officer/noncommissioned officer will serve as the command representative for environmental issues, and develop unit level operating budget inputs.


  • Must possess normal color vision.


  • Successful completion of an HQMC approved formal school(s) or HQMC approved base/installation course(s) of instruction that addresses the duties specified below and provides fundamental information on the safe and proper management of HM/HW and associated facilities in accordance with applicable federal, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Navy (DON), and Marine Corps requirements. The MOS may be assigned only as an additional MOS by the CMC (MM) upon a request from the individual or MOS sponsor.
  • MOS 8056 qualifying courses must appropriately address the following requirements to include, but not limited to:
    • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations 40 CFR 122, 262, 264, 265, and 279.
    • Hazardous Material Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 regulations in 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 172.704(a)(3).
    • Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) first responder operations level emergency response training as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910 120(q)(6)(ii).
    • At least 18 months remaining on current EAS.
  • Continued validity of MOS is contingent upon the Marine Corps maintaining full compliance with all federal, state, and local refresher training requirements.


  • MGySgt to GySgt:
    • Distinguishes Hazardous Material (HM) from Hazardous Waste (HW).
    • Supervises operation of unit level HW site.
    • Develops/Ensures maintenance of desktop procedures and turnover folders.
    • Supervises and validates the maintenance of unit environmental training records, ensuring such records are maintained per references (cu) and (cv).
    • Conducts and participates in applicable multimedia environmental inspections, audits, and evaluations.
    • Supervises and maintains unit level inspection records and required follow-on corrective actions.
    • Monitors maintenance of unit level environmental publications library.
    • Directs the unit level Hazardous Communication Program.
    • Develops and implements the unit level spill contingency plans(s).
    • Tracks and consolidates unit level HW disposal costs.
    • Identifies unit level environmental operations budget requirements.
    • Identifies environmental training needs and associated budget requirements.
    • Ensures HM/HW transportation requirements are in compliance with local directives.
    • Develops and sponsors environmental standard operating procedures, letters of instruction, and operations orders for field operations at the unit level for tactical and garrison operations.
    • Conducts unit level environmental briefings.
    • Serves as the unit point of contact for applicable environmental issues.
    • Promotes pollution prevention.
  • SSgt to LCpl:
    • Distinguishes HM from HW.
    • Operates HW sites in accordance with applicable directives.
    • Maintains desktop procedures and turnover folders.
    • Maintains unit level environmental training records per references (cu) and (cv).
    • Maintains unit level environmental inspection records per references (cu) and (cv).
    • Maintains applicable environmental publications library.
    • Maintains unit level Hazardous Communication Standard to include Material Safety Data Sheets and Hazardous Material Information System.
    • Tracks unit HW disposal cost.
    • Executes unit level spill contingency plan(s).
    • Maintains unit level emergency response equipment.
    • Conducts applicable multimedia environmental inspections.
    • Maximizes unit source reduction.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 47-4041.

Related Military Skill:

  • None