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ESOHCAMP Assessment to begin Nov. 13

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command assessors will visit Buckley Air Force Base for the Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Assessment Management Program, or ESOHCAMP, Nov. 13 through 17.

The ESOHCAMP replaces the old Environmental Compliance Assessment Management Program that looked strictly at environmental issues, and it assesses both the host and tenant units.

The team will look at all industrial and construction areas, including those in the restricted area, to see how Buckley performs the mission with respect to environmental impact, safety protocols and general occupational health procedures.

The bulk of the assessment will involve environmental aspects. Safety and occupational health are new assessments and may expand in the future but not during this assessment.

Safety and health inspectors will focus on industrial areas, while environmental inspectors may check all areas, including contractor's storage areas.

Everyone on base should be acutely aware of their operating area and how they perform their mission.

A few general guidelines for shops and units:
1. Keep eyes on target -- ground safety representatives and supervisors must be vigilant for violations and bring them to someone's attention.
2. Don't repeat mistakes from past environmental inspections or actions.
3. No surprises -- the inspectors should not see things not already known about.

For more information please contact 2nd Lt. Chin Hsu at 720-847-7164 for environmental; Capt. Dan Sweeney at 720-847-6384 for occupational health; or Mr. Jeff Harder at 720-847-9335 for safety issues.

The assessment will look at the following environmental areas:
-- Air emissions
-- Water quality
-- Storm water quality
-- Waste water
-- Natural resources
-- Cultural resources
-- Hazardous materials
-- Hazardous waste
-- Pesticides
-- Petroleum, oil, lubricants
-- Solid waste
-- Storage tanks
-- Toxic substances (asbestos, lead, PCBs, radon)
-- Other environmental issues

-- Confined spaces
-- Lock out/tag out
-- Machine guarding
-- Walking/working surfaces
-- Ladders
-- Hand/power tools
-- Personal protective equipment

Occupational health
-- Hazardous communication
-- Hazardous material control
-- Personal Protective Equipment
-- Occupational health forms
-- Regulated Areas
-- Respiratory Protection
-- Hearing Conservation
-- Occupational Health Exams
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