What does the Environmental Health Engineering Division (EHED) do?
The environmental health engineering division is a part of a larger organization known as US Army Public Health Command Region-North. We provide level IV public health support to the US Army, the Department of Defense, National Guard and Reserves spread across 20 states in the northeastern United States. We provide public health support and consultation in the broad areas of environmental engineering and science.
How can we support you?
Our staff has a wide variety of scientific expertise that enables us to assist you in diagnosing environmental issues that are challenging to solve. We can coordinate with your organization to collect environmental samples and specimens and perform selected analyses or evaluations to assist in researching most environmental threats. Our research capabilities span all environmental media to include air, soil, water, solid and hazardous waste and our specialty, regulated medical waste.
We have unique services specific to Installation Management Command (IMCOM) that include but are not limited to the following areas:
Water System Vulnerability Assessments (AKO) Our protocol is based upon best business practices from various federal directives, agencies and professional associations. The assessment is designed to provide installation commanders with Federal compliance and DOD mandates in meeting the intent of the water vulnerability program. The risk based approach assists commanders by defining vulnerabilities and recommending countermeasures that aid in lowering the probability and severity of such vulnerabilities.
Cross Connection Surveys Our certified staff can visit your installation and assist the installation management staff in completing the required cross connection control plan. The plan, provided by our organization would enable the installation plumbing staff in prioritizing and completing routine inspections and periodic surveys of back flow prevention devices to eliminate and remove existing and potential hazards in the drinking water distribution system.
Emergency Response Plans Our staff can assist in assessing current water emergency procedures, make recommendations to improve procedures, and finally organize the information in a written plan for the installation staff and commander.
Waste Water Our environmental health professionals can provide installation engineering staff consultation and investigative research for compliance with National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and requirements. In addition, we are versed in storm water management, point source investigations, spill control and countermeasure plans and pollution prevention surveys.
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management We have the unique capability of assisting installations with solid waste management plans, pollution prevention plans and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations of satellite accumulation points (SAPs), 90 day storage sites and segregation issues. Finally, due to our public health and infectious disease mission, we specialize in regulated medical waste issues.
In addition to our Installation Management missions, we provide specialty assistance to US Army Healthcare facilities within our 20-state region.
ESEO Assistance Visits Our staff provides site visits for environmental engineering and science officers (ESEOs) assigned at US Army medical treatment facilities. We review and advise responsible individuals in the areas of hazardous waste and focus on regulated medical waste compliance. The mission is to ensure that health care facilities maintain environmental compliance with federal, state, and installation regulations and guidance.
An EHED soldier with locals during a hemorrhagic fever assessment in Africa with
the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRID).