Track your Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) in an integrated HM system

Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

Track your IHM in an integrated HM system – all you need to know as a shipowner in relation to inventory of hazardous materials.

Creating an IHM is one of the fundamental practices that keeps the maritime industry safe and sustainable. Prepare and maintain IHM for your fleet with the help of provided templates in SERTICA.

What is IHM?

Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) is a document identifying all potentially hazardous materials onboard a vessel. Hidden hazards are identified, located and quantified following IMO Resolution guidelines. The inventory replaces the Green Passport, adopted in the Hong Kong International Convention in 2009, and is a requirement by the EU Ship Recycling Regulation 2013.

Other Frequently Asked Questions about IHM

Ensure compliance with HM Inventory

Completing an IHM is only the beginning of compliance. It is the ship owner’s responsibility to ensure continuous conformity of the inventory in compliance with the following regulations:

  • Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009)
  • EU Ship Recycling regulations (SRR)

Prepare for IHM certification

Manage the hidden hazards onboard ships as a natural part of your internal processes. By setting up a HM system, you ensure a smooth IHM certification.

The preparations include:

  1. Research which hazardous materials you have onboard
  2. Identify purchase orders containing hazardous materials (e.g. in relation to dry dock and hull painting or asbestos and Ozone Depleting Substances)
  3. Send Material Declaration (MD) and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) templates to your suppliers
  4. Set up Analytics Report in SERTICA

Advantages of a HM System

Once you are working in a HM system, the advantages include less administrative work for preparation and maintaining of the IHM. Managing IHM in SERTICA, you can easily identify the hazardous materials on board and get complete transparency for processes such as procurement and maintenance.

Learn more about key features and benefits in the Item Certificate module managing IHM in SERTICA

Why do you need Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)?

It is mandatory for ships operating in the marine environment, which are equal to or above 500 GT to keep an IHM. Navy ships and domestic ships are excluded. The inventory replaces the Green Passport, adopted in the Hong Kong International Convention in 2009. It is a requirement by the IMO RESOLUTION MEPC.269(68) and EU Ship Recycling Regulation 2013.

With more than 10 years of experience as Technical Superintendent, Jesper Achard Henriksen explains how to manage item certificates and IHM in SERTICA.

Download the recording of the IHM webinar about Item Certificate and get an introduction to the standard templates for IHM Management in SERTICA Analytics.

Manage the certificates of each individual item from purchase to consumption. Track and trace all items and their certificates for IHM and make certificate management a natural part of your procurement process.

Learn more about the Item Certificate module

The EU Ship Recycling Regulation requires all EU-flagged ships to carry a valid IHM with a Statement of Compliance at the earliest by 31 December 2015 and at the latest by 31 December 2018.

From 31 December 2020, ships flying a flag of an EU member state and third-party ships visiting EU ports and anchorages are required to have onboard a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance.

The documentation of hazardous materials applies to new ships, ships in operation and ships destined for recycling. EU SRR requires the development of an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), based on 15 hazardous materials and the maintenance of it throughout ship’s life cycle.

The Hong Kong Convention has a total of six guidelines for the development of the inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) under IMO. A hazardous material is any substance that can pose a risk to the health and safety of people or to the environment as identified and listed by the Hong Kong Convention.

See more about the Hong Kong Convention

Inventory Hazard Material Part 1 includes the materials present in a ship’s structure and equipment as per stated in Inventory of Hazardous Materials.

Inventory Hazard Material Part 2 consists of operationally generated waste as per stated in Inventory of Hazardous Materials. This inventory is created when a vessel is to be delivered to recycling facilities when the decision to recycle ship has been taken.

Inventory Hazard Material Part 3 is the list of materials categorized as the dangerous materials in stock in ship stores. The Inventory Hazard Material Part 3 must be kept updated for inspection, and ready to be delivered to the recycling facilities once the decision to recycle the ship has been taken.

For further information, we refer to the Guidelines for the development of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

For further information about the best practice of the inventory of IHM, we refer to EMSA’s Best Practice Guidance on the Inventory of Hazardous Materials. 

In this guidance by the European Maritime Safety Agency, you can learn more about which materials to be listed in the IHM and the basic concepts for the development and maintenance of IHM.

Contact me to learn more about IHM in SERTICA.

Hans Christian Jensen

RINA Digital Solutions
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