Bldg. 2115 Pershing Avenue, Fort Eustis, VA 23604
Army Industrial Hygiene provides support to the warfighter, conserves resources, and enhances readiness by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling health hazards where military and civilian personnel work and serve. Scope of work includes:
The Army Industrial Hygiene Team is tasked to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control occupational health hazards where military and civilian personnel work and serve. In order to accomplish these tasks, an Industrial Hygienist (IH) will conduct evaluations, or surveys, at the workplace operations to determine the employees’ (both military and civilian) potential exposures to chemical, physical, biological and ergonomics hazards. The Army Industrial Hygiene team will:
- Hearing Conservation
- Occupational Vision
- Regulated Substance/Areas
- Air Contaminants
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Hazard Communications
- Local Exhaust Ventilation
- General Mechanical Ventilation
- Design Review
The information that is gathered during these evaluations, including worker exposure monitoring results, is entered into the DOEHRS-IH. This database collection system is used throughout the Department of Defense. DOEHRS-IH records contain a history of individual worker pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment exposures. The data can then be analyzed and utilized by Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health practitioners to prioritize preventive medicine actions. This includes a baseline to facilitate exposure-based medical surveillance and post-deployment follow-up, allocation of resources, implementation of controls, and development of appropriate training programs. All these actions enhance combat readiness by focusing efforts to reduce workplace exposures, illnesses and injuries.
Industrial Hygiene Resources:
If in the Medical Treatment Facility contact Logistics at 314-7795 If in the Barracks or in a tenant building on post contact CED Keith Hodge at 878-3814. If in privatized housing, call Balfour Beatty Maintenance office at (757) 369-8344.
Shortly after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, service member complaints of unexplained illnesses and other health problems led to a number of Congressionally directed investigations into the underlying causes of the “Gulf War Syndrome.” In their efforts to identify causality for this syndrome, investigators became increasingly critical of the outdated manner in which both individual and public health records were maintained. President Clinton established a Presidential Advisory Committee, on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (PAC) on May 26, 1995. This Committee was to ensure an independent, open, and comprehensive examination of health concerns related to Gulf War service. These post Gulf War 1 health-tracking issues initiated a series of actions by the Federal Government. The Committee issued its Final Report on December 31, 1996, and recommended that the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) develop an interagency plan to address health preparedness for and readjustment of veterans and families after future conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Presidential Review Directive (PRD)/NSTC-5 responded to the Committee’s recommendation. In particular, PRD/NSTC-5 directed the Department of Defense (DoD), Veteran Affairs (VA), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review policies and programs and develop a plan that may be implemented by the Federal government to better safeguard those individuals who risk their lives to defend our Nation’s interests. The plan focused on existing policies and lessons learned from the Gulf War and other recent deployments such as those in Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. Extensive public review and analysis of Gulf War veterans’ illnesses and risk factors identified a number of opportunities for government action aimed at minimizing or preventing future post-conflict health concerns. Ameliorating, avoiding or, ideally, preventing such health effects can be approached through a variety of means. These include improving service personnel’s understanding of health risk information; enhancing government collection of health and exposure data; coordinating agency research programs; and improving the delivery of health care services to veterans and their families, as could be accomplished by establishing effective linkages between health information systems. On 8 November 1997, President Clinton issued the following directive statement in response to the Special Report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses: “I am directing the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to create a new Force Health Protection Program. Every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine will have a comprehensive, life-long medical record of all illnesses and injuries they suffer, the care and inoculations they receive and their exposure to different hazards. These records will help us prevent illness and identify and cure those that occur…” On November 18, 1997, President Clinton signed into law Public Law 105-85. Public Law 105-85, Subtitle F, Section 765 called for improved medical tracking for members of the armed forces deployed overseas in contingency or combat operations. The law required the DoD to perform medical examinations, before and after operational deployments, including “an assessment of mental health and the drawing of blood samples,” and to “accurately record the medical condition of members before their deployment and any changes in their medical condition during the course of their deployment.” The following Department of Defense documents were developed to assist DoD services in improving data collection and management.
- Conduct workplace evaluation to ensure occupational health hazards are anticipated, recognized, evaluated and controlled where military and civilian personnel work and serve.
- Recommend the control of occupational injuries and illnesses with use of practical solutions.
- Encourage good industrial hygiene work practices to reduce exposures.
- Communicate health and safety information.
- Identify areas of non-compliance with applicable Health and Safety related Federal, state laws, and codified regulations.
Some additional DoD directives worth mentioning that require Military Components to establish and maintain effective occupational safety and health programs for all military and civilian personnel are:
- Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 6490.2, Joint Medical Surveillance and
- Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6490.3, Implementation and Application of Joint Medical Surveillance for Deployment
- DoD Instruction 6055.1, DoD Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program; and
- DoD Instruction 6055.5, IH and Occupational Health; and implementing DoD publications.