Industrial Hygiene 

NOTE: As of 31 July 2015, PHCR-Europe has transitioned to the Regional Health Command - Europe. The information here is provided as a courtesy and may not be up-to-date.

The Industrial Hygiene Division (IHD) of the US Army Public Health Command Region-Europe serves as the USAPHC forward deployed element in support of all contingency operations requiring Industrial Hygiene support for this theater of operation and deployed military personnel. IHD also provides direct installation support to assist military leaders, facility managers, and occupational health and safety personnel in anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards to ensure a safe work environment for the U.S. Army's Warfighters and their families, civilian and local national employees and support soldier readiness, injury prevention, and population protection for the US Army.

Health Hazard Inventories - An on-site visit to evaluate all potential health hazards in the workplace to prevent occupational injury or illness. Includes the survey of equipment and operational procedures, collection of samples, and preparation of a report indicating the presence or absence of hazards. Recommends more detailed study if required.

Industrial Hygiene Studies - A major on-site visit to solve a known problem. Includes a more detailed inspection, evaluation, and sample collection, and a more extensive effort by the consultants involved. The report contains detailed guidance for engineering or administrative control measures and/or recommendation for use of personal protective equipment.

Indoor Air Quality Surveys - The process of studying, evaluation, and control of indoor air issues related to temperature, humidity, odor, and cleanliness.

Ergonomic Assessments - An on-site visit to evaluate workplaces, environments, jobs, tasks, equipment, and process in relationship to human capabilities and interactions for the prevention of ergonomic injury. The organizations Ergonomics Program is reviewed for effectiveness.

Ventilation Surveys - Evaluations of existing exhaust and supply ventilation systems in the workplace to assess effectiveness to control or reduce potential employee exposure to hazardous chemicals. Examples include welding, operating rooms, battery shop, paint booth and vehicle exhaust system.

Facility Design Reviews - The provision of professional engineering and technical advice concerning Occupational Health and Safety aspects of modernization, expansion, or new construction of US Army facilities during concept, design, and construction phases. Includes recommendations for improvement or preparation of a report as appropriate.

Hearing Conservation Studies - The most desirable hearing conservation measure is reducing noise levels at their source and eliminating harmful health effects. Noise hazardous operations are evaluated and identified enrolled into the Army hearing Conservation Program.

Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment Guidance - Hazards evaluation of the workplace is conducted to determine personal protective clothing and equipment (PPCE) requirement. A program evaluation is performed to ensure PPCE users are training on use, care and limitations of the equipment.