IHM – What is it?

IHM – What is it?

Inventory of Hazardous Materials was introduced in 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and amped by EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) 1257/2013, as a structured system to control hazardous materials onboard ships and achieve compliance with the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

Hazards that are commonly found on vessels and have to be included in IHM include Asbestos, PCBs, TBTs, ODS and microbiological contaminants. EU SRR expanded the scope of IHM, adding two more materials (PFOS and HBCDD).

IHM should be re-inspected annually to ensure its relevance and a full re-survey of the vessel carried out every five years.