Occupational Health Sciences (Industrial Hygiene) 

NOTE: As of 17 August 2015, PHCR-West has merged with other Public Health Commands.

  • Technical services are now aligned under Public Health Command - Pacific (Provisional).
  • The San Diego and Joint Base Lewis-McChord districts have transitioned to Public Health Command - Pacific (Provisional).
  • The Fort Carson district transitioned to Public Health Command - Central (Provisional)
  • The information here is provided as a courtesy and may not be up-to-date.

The Occupational Health Sciences Division provides leadership, direction, and the services of subject matter experts to assist military leaders, facility managers, and Safety and Occupational Health personnel in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational and environmental health hazards.

Contact Information

Name: PHCR-West Occupational Health Sciences 
Email Address: usarmy.jblm.medcom-mamc.list.phcr-west-ohsd@mail.mil 
Telephone: 253.966.0008 
DSN: (312) 347.0008 
Mailing Address:
USAPHC Public Health Command Region-West
Occupational Health Sciences-Industrial Hygiene
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
  • Conduct and document workplace evaluations to ensure occupational health hazards are anticipated, recognized, evaluated, and controlled
  • Inform organizations when non-compliant with regulatory occupational health requirements
  • 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 occupational health and safety training
  • Disseminate and communicate targeted occupational health and safety information
  • Work cooperatively with other Army programs to ensure compliance with applicable Federal and state laws and codified regulations
  • Provide tools and ideas to improve the efficiency and management of installation industrial hygiene programs
  • Reduce costs associated with lost-time, medical treatment and surveillance, and workers’ compensation and liability to the Army



Provides references, information and links about the Army Asbestos Program; controlling and eliminating asbestos within the U.S. Army.

Basic Ergonomics

Develops basic ergonomics program training, assessments and answers frequently asked questions in order to mitigate work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Biological Safety Cabinets

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) 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.

Confined Space

Introductory training in confined space awareness, procedure, responsibilities and SOPs.


Defense Occupational Environmental Health Readiness System-Industrial Hygiene (DOEHRS-IH) reports occupational & environmental health readiness and actively tracks air, water, soil, & environmental hazards for the DoD Military Health System.

Exposure Assessment Strategies

The Department of Defense considers exposure assessment so important to the IH program that they developed the DoD IH Exposure Assessment Model for all the military services to use. The model is based on the AIHA Exposure Assessment Model.

HAZCOM/Reproductive Hazards

Introduction to definitions, labeling, compliance, associated health hazards and MSDS (SDS) maintenance.

IH Deployment Support

Training is provided to soldiers on the principles and operations of the Medical Equipment Set-Industrial Hygiene (MES-IH) Kit, which is fielded worldwide with Preventive Medicine (PM) deployed personnel.

IH Equipment

USAPHC’s IH Equipment Laboratory team has expert knowledge of the latest IH sampling and monitoring equipment, monitoring techniques, and equipment procurement. They can provide equipment recommendations and short term equipment loans.

IH Professional Development

Industrial hygiene professional development information and resources to include information on CP-12, ACTEDS, IDPs, Certifications and training sources.

IH Program Management

Recommendations provided to enhance the implementation and management of installation IH Programs.

Risk Communication

Effective and informative communication of real or perceived occupation health hazards to effected personnel in a manner appropriate for the actual risk.

IH Related Training

Hands-on equipment familiarization, PowerPoint presentations and desktop consultations.

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.


Lead hazard management by surveys, sampling, and reports.

Noise Assessment

Noise level surveys by noise dosimeter and sound level meters.

Personal Protective Equipment

Guidance on proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and usage based on employees work environment.

Respiratory Protection

Recommendations on Unit Respiratory Protection Programs, proper respirators and fit testing.


Industrial HVAC evaluations and recommendations.