“Anything in your workplace that may cause you short-term or long- term health effects, we try to mitigate that and come up with a solution to keep it from affecting you.
We have a diverse (team), but all of us work in industrial hygiene. We have people from different parts of the nation; we have a person who’s efficient in chemistry, we have some in environmental science, we have some in medical processes.”
“Overall, our job is to improve workplace health and visibility of situational workplace hazards that may be going on.
So how does one relate to the other? We’re assessing, let’s say, lighting. If they didn’t have enough lighting, the employee may have headaches, or their station may be set up incorrectly to where that would result in an ergonomic issue which would relate to calling out sick, not coming into work.”
“(We) get Soldiers to where they can get their job done and get it done correctly — to keep their health in mind.
The best way to do that is when their commander comes down and says ‘We need the job done.’ They pretty much need to get it done so they come to us ahead of time and (ask) ‘How can we get it done safely? What type of respirator do we need? Do we need some type of ventilation?’”
“If a force is healthy, they ought to be able to perform. If they’re ill and in the hospital, we may have a problem. So our job is to keep people out of the hospital except as a visitor.”