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Industrial Hygiene




Army IH 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.


            VALUES:

        The Industrial Hygiene Program embraces the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor,
         integrity, and personal courage.
        Reduce costs associated with lost-time, medical treatment and surveillance, and workers’ compensation.
        Worker protection is our focus. We believe that military and civilian personnel have the right to a safe and
         healthful workplace.
        Sound science is our guidance. Our professional judgment can impact the health and well-being of people;
         therefore, our technical expertise must be based on the most current science.
        Teamwork is our practice. Working with other health and safety professionals is essential to an effective
         industrial hygiene


CORE COMPETENCIES:

        Conduct workplace evaluations to ensure occupational health hazards are anticipated,
         recognized, evaluated, and controlled.
        Prevent and control occupational injuries and illnesses by developing and implementing practical solutions.
        Promote good industrial hygiene work practices in military and civilian populations.
        Conduct advanced and sustainment workplace health and safety training.
        Disseminate and communicate targeted health and safety information.
        Work cooperatively with other Army programs to ensure compliance with applicable Federal and state laws
         and codified regulations.
        Reduce costs associated with lost-time, medical treatment and surveillance, and workers’ compensation.




Topics and Services
Best Practices/Toolkit
Best practices are the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task,
based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time. Success Stories from the Field
 "Doing IT in DOEHRS: A Success Story from the Field" “Funding, Implementing, and Creating
Ergonomics Solutions" DoD Ergo Working Group Best Practices ... (more)
Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are ventilated cabinets that use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration,
laminar air flow, and containment to protect the operator, the product (pharmaceutical products as well as
microorganisms), and the environment from aerosols generated from microbiological or pharmaceutical procedures
performed within the laboratory or clean room. They are the prin... (more)
Career Program
Career Program 12, Safety and Occupational Health The Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System
(ACTEDS) provides Army civilian personnel with a roadmap for career development. ACTEDS is a systematic,
competency-based approach to identify the right kind of training at the right point in Army civilian careers. For Army
industrial hygienists and the following Army safety and occupatio... (more)
Hazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS)
The Hazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS) is the central repository for Material Safety Data
Sheets (MSDS) for the U.S. Government military services and civil agencies. HMIRS is a Department of Defense
(DoD) automated system developed and maintained by the Defense Logistics Agency. It also contains value-added
information input by the service/agency focal points. This value-added... (more)
IH Related Fact Sheets
 Asbestos: The Clinical Effects Biological Biological Safety Cabinets Biological Safety Cabinets: Certification
 Biological Safety Cabinets: Types Lead Guidance on Lead in Artificial Turf Home and Traditional Remedies and
Lead Poisoning. A Fact Sheet for Health Care Professionals Chlorine IEDs and Preventive Medicine Actions
Depleted Uranium Depleted Uranium -... (more)
IH Related Technical Guides
41 - Personal Hearing Protective Devices: Their Fitting, Care and Use 44 - Suggested Procedures for Handling and
Recording Noise Complaints at Military Installations 82 - Microwave Leakage Probe System 141 - Industrial Hygiene
Sampling Guide 156 - Questions and Answers: Video Display Terminals 190 - Guide to Managing Occupational
Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens 195 - Mortuary A... (more)
Indoor Air Quality and Mold
INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND MOLD Army IH provides comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) surveys, in-depth
studies, and desktop or onsite consultations upon request. We have the unique capability of offering a
multidisciplinary team approach. Our IH experts include professional mechanical engineers, certified industrial
hygienists, certified indoor environmental consultants, engineering and industrial... (more)
Leadership Training
Leadership training prepares the industrial hygienist for supervisory and leadership roles.It is not technical training in
areas such as ventilation and indoor air quality. Sources of Leadership Training within the Army The Civilian
Education System Leader Development Program offers four courses that replace the previous inventory of legacy
courses offered for Army civilians—Foundation, Bas... (more)
Noise Assessment
In support of the Army Hearing Program, noise assessment surveys are conducted upon request. The surveys
evaluate the magnitude of potential occupational noise exposures to military and civilian personnel.... (more)
Professional Development
As members of the Army’s Career Program 12, industrial hygienists (IHs) and technicians (GS-9 and above) can
apply for funding for various training. Careerists are required to submit an Individual Development Plan (IDP) via the
 CP-12 Website . The IDP is a personal action plan, jointly agreed to by the individual and their supervisor that
identifies short- and long-term career goals. For suggest... (more)
Regulations and Policy
Department of Defense Directives 4715.1E - Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH) Department of
Defense Instructions 6055.1 - DoD Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program 6055.05 - Occupational and
Environmental Health (OEH) 6050.05 - DoD Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Program 6055.11 - Protection of
DoD Personnel from Exposure to Radiofrequency Radi... (more)
Respiratory Protection
The Army IH Program: Provides subject matter expertise for the use of commercial and military respiratory protective
equipment and respirator programs. Provides subject matter expertise for the use of commercial respirators in military
specific applications as well as use of military respirators for chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and
toxic industrial materials. ... (more)
Useful IH Links
Government Links The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency under the
Department of Labor that sets and enforces occupational health and safety regulations, such as the permissible
exposure limits (PELs). OSHA’s mission is to provide training, outreach, and education; establish partnerships: and
encourage continual improvement in workplace safety and health.The... (more)
Ventilation
The Army IH Engineering Team helps installations provide a safe and healthy working environment for Soldiers and
civilians by providing concept designs , design reviews and ventilation system assessments.                         We
support all types of occupancies from heavy industrial to medical to office, including facilities for deployed units. Our
team provides engineering support to Indus... (more)

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