h. Hearing Conservation. Hearing conservation program requirements are
detailed in DODI 6055.3, AR 40-5, TB MED 50l, and USAEHA TG 170. The IH
personnel will conduct annual noise surveys, assign RAC's to noise hazardous areas,
keep noise survey data, identify exposed personnel, and recommend noise control
measures. The OH clinic or audiologist is responsible for audio-metric examinations
and evaluation of effects on exposed personnel.
i. Occupational Vision. Industrial hygiene personnel should define eye hazard
areas during the annual HHIM update, ensure areas are posted with warning signs and
provide the OH clinic with a list of eye hazard locations and personnel working in the
areas. Program responsibilities are AR 40-5, AR 385-32, TB MED 506, and
29 CFR 1910.133.
A program of education and orientation of new employees to acquaint them with
the potential hazards in the work place is a joint IH, safety, and supervisory
responsibility. Close coordination between responsible personnel, employee
representatives, and employees is necessary to ensure employees are specifically
informed about potential hazards, preventive measures, and proper cooperation of
process and control equipment. Local health and safety committee should meet and
regular on the job training should be used to educate workers. Safety personnel have
access to numerous publications on worker training and should be asked for help in
establishing a safety program.
1-10 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST
a. Develop and keep current annual industrial hygiene (IH) input for the OHP
document to clearly define goals and objectives in the IH area.
b. Establish and maintain the Health Hazard Information Module (HHIM)
Database of the Occupational Health Management Information System (OHMIS).
c. Develop an IH implementation plan for the allocation and application in IH
d. Perform IH evaluations of industrial workplace hazards, provide technical
guidance and support for the hazard communication, asbestos abatement, installation
OSH programs, and perform other responsibilities as stated in TB MED 503.
1-11. ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
a. Army personnel are subject to exposure to extremes of climate and altitude,
which can have serious effects on their health, well being, and efficiency. Virtually
nothing can be done to control the climate, the weather, or the altitude at which soldiers