Occupational Health 

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.

Occupational Health delivers comprehensive occupational health services to the US Army Europe (USAREUR) in support of the Occupational Health and Safety Program. Occupational Health services are provided to USAREUR personnel to reduce the risk of work-related illness and injury, and to enhance readiness through human resources conservation. Occupational Health is directed in accordance with standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Department of Defense (DoD) and Army Regulations, and Host Nation laws. Offices are located at U.S. Army Garrisons in USAREUR to establish and coordinate occupational health services for all workers (military, US civilian, and local national employees) throughout the PHCR-Europe service area.

Worksite Visits - Occupational Health (OH) Professionals visit worksites to assess the physical and psychological stresses on soldiers and civilian workers, and to evaluate potential claims of occupational illnesses and injuries. OH Professionals are part of the Occupational Health team formed by USAREUR; Safety personnel and Industrial Hygienists are also members of the team and conduct worksite inspections.

Medical Surveillance - OH Professionals use information from their worksite visits, as well as available industrial hygiene data, to recommend medical surveillance examinations, including laboratory tests, in order to determine whether or not employees have been overexposed to hazards. This service is provided to active duty personnel, US civilian employees, and local national employees. Special provisions are included for protection of hearing, vision, and human reproduction.

Technical Consultation - OH Professionals serve as members of the special staff to the US Army Garrison commanders and US Army Hospital commanders in occupational health matters. In addition, they provide information to commanders, safety specialists, physicians, engineers, and other disciplines on a wide variety of occupational health-related topics, host nation, and OSHA requirements.

Injury & Illness Monitoring - OH Professionals enhance readiness, and reduce disability costs and lost duty time, by studying worksite hazard evaluations and monitoring occupational injuries and illnesses. OH Nurses provide case management for job-related injuries and illnesses and recommend methods to reduce future incidents.

Health Promotion & Health Education - OH Professionals provide education programs to workers and supervisors in areas of occupational health, hearing, vision, and respiratory protection. Additionally, they provide health promotion initiatives in the workplace to include ergonomics and back health.