The purpose of the work is to plan, schedule, execute, manage and administer the ARNG Industrial Hygiene Program for a state, territory, or district to maintain and promote the health of military and technician personnel. Coordinates with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Regional Industrial Hygienist (IH) who works for the NGB Office of the Chief Surgeon.
b. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(1) Plans, schedules, executes, manages and administers the State/territory/or district ARNG Industrial Hygiene Program. Ensures statutory and regulatory compliance with applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of the Army (DA), Department of Defense (DOD) and NGB regulations, standards and guidance. Serves as an advisor on State health matters, (e.g., health hazard identification, asbestos and lead abatement).
(2) Surveys, inspects and evaluates operational and newly constructed facilities and various activities to identify, evaluate and reduce or eliminate potential health hazards. Determines appropriate survey methods and techniques. Samples using approved methods to determine nature and degree of hazards for a wide variety of materials and environments. Determines compliance with Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) or Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). Makes recommendations on control measures and changes in work procedures or schedules to ensure compliance with established
(3) Performs special surveys of facilities and shops when new equipment is installed or
work procedures change. Identifies the potential physical, biological, chemical and radiological health hazards in the workplace. Evaluates the exposure to workers and recommends the appropriate corrective action (e.g., engineering controls, chemical substitution, and personal protective equipment). In the case of serious or acute exposures and chronic illnesses, coordinates with the Occupational Health Nurse (OHN), Shop Supervisor and Regional IH to develop the most prudent plan of action (e.g., change of procedure, follow up sampling, etc.).
(4) Reviews plans for new and existing construction and renovation projects to ensure that applicable standards (e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Administration/OSHA, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers/ ASHRAE, etc.) are incorporated. Where deficiencies are noted, recommends appropriate changes which would prevent adverse health impact. Consults with the Regional IH for
coordination of assessment of design reviews as necessary.
(5) Interprets Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for employees, shop supervisors,
and OHN. Interfaces with manufacturers of hazardous materials to ensure that the most current version of health hazard information is available. Reviews and/or compiles hazardous chemical inventories as needed. Provides subject matter expert advice for Hazardous Material Communication (HAZCOM) training as required. Coordinates with Safety and Warehouse personnel regarding receipt, storage and shipment of hazardous chemicals.
(6) Assists the OHN with the management of the state Army National Guard (ARNG) Respiratory Protection Program. Assesses use of and prescribes personal respiratory protection based on air sampling results and professional judgment. Provides employees with worker education and training on various subjects (e.g., respirator selection, usage, maintenance and sanitation practices) in accordance with all applicable regulations. Schedules employees for fit testing and respirator selection; specifies/recommends replacement parts and cartridges; calculates end of service life
as necessary and maintains all applicable records.
(7) Conducts noise surveys before commencement of new operations or work
processes. Performs periodic sound level measurements and octave band analysis in facilities where potential noise exposures exist (e.g., maintenance shops, generator use, aircraft facilities). Recommends appropriate engineering and/or administrative changes and/or hearing protective devices as corrective measures where excessive noise levels are found.
(8) Conducts studies and surveys of varying degrees of complexity, analyzes
laboratory and instrument results. Writes and coordinates reports through the Regional IH, to identify and evaluate potential health hazards. Recommends solutions to potential health concerns. Performs work area surveys to ensure compliance with
established occupational safety and health regulations and to help compile a hazardous chemical inventory for the facility. Educates workers about hazards during industrial hygiene surveys. Air samples are collected as determined necessary by building inspections or special requests. Inputs all data collected is into a Department of Defense (DOD) Industrial Hygiene/SOH (e.g., RCAS-SOH) data base.
(9) Serves as the advisor to the Radiation Protection Officer when required. Supports
the development of local emergency cleanup procedures for accidental releases. Routinely surveys workplaces for compliance. Conducts non-ionizing radiation surveys of equipment for radio frequency and laser emissions as needed.
(10) Calibrates equipment and/or ensures compliance with existing calibration schedules for all industrial hygiene equipment. Performs minor repairs and adjustments to ensure equipment can effectively check work environments. Responsible for the shipping of equipment requiring major repairs and maintaining all
records associated with maintenance and calibration of equipment.
(11) Investigates hearing compensation claims filed by facility personnel. Collects
applicable data from occupational health noise database. Visits work areas to perform sound level measurements of identified noise sources. Collects noise dosimetry in and around areas where personnel are known to be exposed to unacceptable high levels of noise. Prepares reports on findings to substantiate or controvert compensation cases.
(12) Advises on ergonomics in the workplace. Surveys worksites to evaluate compliance with the most current practices. Determines if there are factors which could contribute to cumulative trauma disorders. Provides findings and recommendations for corrective actions to the OHN and workplace supervisor.
(13) May serve as an advisor to State Occupational Safety and Health Councils and/or as a member of management committees which address health and environmental issues and concerns.
(14) Coordinates with contractor personnel and performs oversight of their operations while they are conducting industrial hygiene surveys within the State.
(15) Performs other duties as assigned.