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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ENGINEERING

EPIDEMIOLOGY

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Environmental Health Engineering

Our mission is to assess and reduce health risks that result from hazardous conditions in the environment and to provide responsive, cost-effective environmental health engineering, drinking water and sanitation, and entomological science support to all Department of Defense organizations within our areas of responsibility.

Contact Information

Name:

PHCR-Europe Environmental Health Sciences 

Email Address:

usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-phcr-e.list.usaphcre-ehe-business-admin@mail.mil

Telephone:

06371-9464-6664 (within Germany); (+49) 011-49-6371-9464-6664 (from outside Germany) 

DSN:

(314) 590-6664

Mailing Address:

Public Health Command Region-Europe
Environmental Health Sciences
CMR 402
APO AE 09180

   

Related Subjects and Resources

  • Deployed Environmental Surveillance Program (DESP)
  • Drinking Water
  • Entomology and Pest Management
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Waste Management
  • Health Physics
  • Special Medical Command (MEDCOM) Response Capability – Public Health (SMRC-PH)

Programs

Deployed Environmental Surveillance Program (DESP)

Mission:
To support a system capable of providing Commanders and other decision-makers pertinent information needed to detect, assess, and counter deployment occupational and environmental health threats as part of a comprehensive military medical surveillance program required by Department of Defense (DOD) regulations and directives. The DESP coordinates with other U.S. Army Public Health Command technical programs, subordinate Commands, and various levels of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, DOD, Joint Staff, and Combatant Command entities to develop various decision-support tools, equipment, sampling and surveillance techniques, and guidance that directly assist preventive medicine and Command-level decision-making during deployments. The primary functions of DESP are deployment occupational and environmental health surveillance (OEHS) data analysis, and information production on detecting, assessing and countering environmental health risks throughout the EUCOM AOR.

Services:

  • Conducts:
    • Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessments (OEHSAs)
    • Environmental Baseline Surveys (EBSs)
    • Environmental Closure Reports (ECRs)
  • Provides Environmental Sampling Training:
    • Air
    • Water
    • Soil
  • Consultation Services

Environmental Health Engineering

Name: PHCR-Europe Environmental Health Engineering
Email Address: usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ph-e.list.ehe-dwsp@mail.mil
Telephone: 06371-9464-9831/6663 (within Germany); (+49) 6371-9464-9831/6663 (from outside Germany)
DSN: (314) 590-9831/6663
Mailing Address USAPHC Public Health Command Region-Europe Environmental Health Engineering
CMR 402
APO AE 09180

Mission:
To enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging environmental health threats, providing oversight, quality assurance, and compliance support, and developing environmental health engineering solutions for installations in the Public Health Command Europe Area of Responsibility. Primarily supports the implementation of effective drinking water management, recreational, and wastewater management programs.

Services:

  • Conducts:
    • Compliance Auditing
      • Sanitary Surveys
      • Monitoring (FGS and OEBGD)
      • Recreational Water
    • Microbiological Laboratory Certification
    • Technical Assistance Visit
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Environmental Engineering Operations
    • Emergency Response Plan
    • Specialized Sampling Projects
  • Provides
    • Consultation Services
    • Environmental Risk Communication

Entomological Sciences Program (ESP)

Name: Public Health Command Europe- Entomological Sciences Program
Email Address: usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ph-e.list.ehe-esp@mail.mil
Telephone: 06371-9464-9734/9739 (within Germany); (+49) 6371-9464-9734/9739 (from outside Germany)
DSN: (314) 590-9734/9739

Mission:
The PHCE Entomological Sciences Program strives to foster the prevention of exposure to vector-borne diseases, hazardous plants/animals and pesticides by providing expert diagnostic, investigative and educational services in direct support of Soldiers, their families, and the entire DOD community in support of garrisons, training areas, contingency and combat forces operating in USEUCOM, USCENTCOM, and USAFRICOM AORs to sustain force health protection and readiness.

Services:

Pest species identification: Identify submitted insects, arachnids, vertebrate pests, nuisance plants, and other pest species. In addition, as part of a surveillance program, ESP can submit identified mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod vectors for testing by the PHCE Biological Laboratory to test for viruses, bacteria, and/or parasites as appropriate to the vector. Stored product pests can be identified with control suggestions and recommendations.

Pesticide applicator training: Provide three-week, initial training and one-week, recertification training courses (English and German language), which meet the basic requirement for initial certification training (non-FIFRA) under DoD 4150.7-P. Course completion with the minimum passing scores satisfies the formal training and testing requirements for certification in the core phase and pest management categories 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Entomological consultation: Consultation may include pest/vector assessment, specimen collection and identification, inspection and calibration of pest control equipment, setting up surveillance programs for medically important pests capable of transmitting disease, and prevention/control recommendations.

Pest surveillance and control/risk assessments: Provides mostly in a supervisory/consultative role, but the ESP section does have limited capability to implement directly pest surveillance & control measures. We evaluate the threat to an installation or field site by a specific vector-borne disease or suite of diseases. This service includes estimating the impact of the problems and developing countermeasures.

Community education/risk communication/technical assistance visit: Provide briefings, classes, and other educational material on operational and institutional risk management of vector-borne and zoonotic disease. Also provide preventive medicine training to deploying units on entomological aspects of the anticipated medical threat and pest management training for preventive medicine personnel, health care professionals, pest control personnel, and field sanitation teams to maintain proficiency.

Installation pest management program review: By IMCOM request, review of the installation pest management program and procedures to determine adherence to regulatory requirements, as well as the use of sound pest management practices. Review includes consultation and documented recommendations. We ensure the final governing standards are evaluated against the DoD standards to maintain the strictest standards are being enforced.

Waste Management

Mission:
To provide waste management consultation and compliance assistance visits for veterinary, dental, and medical treatment facilities. PHCE waste management professionals are trained in transportation, identification, and spill remediation of biological and hazardous materials and assist commanders by ensuring compliance with both Department of Defense environmental regulations and country specific final governing standards in order to protect health and human safety.

Services:

  • Conduct waste management assistance visits for all Environmental Science Officers following their assumption of a medical treatment facility’s Environmental Health section lead.
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation services to biological and hazardous waste generators to assist them achieve and maintain compliance with applicable regulations and standards
  • Conduct waste management investigations involving health and safety concerns and compliance questions

Health Physics

Mission:
Protecting the force from the health threats posed by ionizing and non-ionizing radiation by providing timely, tailored, and technical health physics support.

Services:

  • Conduct radiation dose assessments and health risk assessments.
  • Perform periodic evaluations of the radiation protection programs at Army installations and organizations (such as medical and veterinary facilities, laboratories, and other units upon request).
  • Survey machine-produced ionizing and non-ionizing equipment, i.e. x-ray machines and radar equipment.
  • Shielding evaluations and verification for ionizing radiation.
  • Conduct historical site assessments and surveys in support of decommissioning of Army facilities.
  • Respond and provide consultation in the event of any accident or incident involving radiation or radioactive materials.

RAMT

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Mission:
Provide direct comprehensive radiological health, medical guidance, and specialized services to the COCOM commander, the on-scene commander (OSC), and local medical officials responding to a radiological or nuclear event.

Services:

  • At the scene of a radiological or nuclear emergency, the RAMT provides guidance to the OSC regarding the following technical matters:
    1. Potential health hazards to personnel from radiological contamination or exposure by ionizing radiation.
    2. Decontamination procedures.
    3. Medical treatment.
    4. Medical surveillance procedures (such as initial and follow-up bioassay).
    5. Radiation exposure control.
  • The RAMT provides the following services to the military treatment facility receiving casualties:
    1. Advice on initial and follow-up bioassay procedures.
    2. Guidance concerning potential health hazards to personnel from radiological contamination resulting from the incident

SMRC-PH

Mission:
To provide expert, tailored Public Health and Veterinary support during regional and domestic emergencies, civil-military cooperative assistance, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance operations in the Pacific Theater. The Special Medical Response Capability-Public Health (SMRC-PH) Team can deploy year round to respond and assist with humanitarian disaster relief.

Services:
SMRC-PH subject matter experts provide consequence management support through the following public and environmental health and engineering activities using detection, surveillance, and monitoring instrumentation on site, reach back laboratory sample analysis, and professional judgment:

  • Health Hazard Identification
  • Veterinary Support and Consultation
  • Health Risk Assessment and Consultatio
  • Environmental Health Surveillance
  • Public Health Hazard Control Planning
  • Epidemiological Investigations
  • Entomological Surveillance and Consultation
  • Radiological Safety Consultation
Field Analysis: Perform field analysis of disease transmission vectors; environmental toxins; production and manufacturing facilities, nuclear reactors, or other industrial operations; and potential CBRNE hazards.

Consultation: Provide medical threat information and characterize the health risk to affected populations. Provide guidance to local health authorities on surveying, monitoring, evaluating, and controlling health hazards relative to naturally occurring and man-made disasters. Assist local health authorities in surveying, monitoring, evaluating, and controlling health hazards relative to naturally occurring and man-made disasters. Assess the degree of existing destruction and/or impending risk and to determine recommended follow-on actions relative to animal health and food safety.

Veterinary Services: Provides veterinary care for military search-and-rescue dogs. When authorized, also provide care to other governmental and nongovernmental agency animals participating in the operation. Can provide limited triage and emergency treatment of injured animals, including lifesaving emergency procedures.