Directorate of Occupational Health.
a. Bio-Acoustics Division. Provides consultation and advice in medical,
engineering, and administrative aspects of hearing conservation and noise abatement.
Identifies and describes noise hazardous equipment and activities and makes
recommendations to protect the hearing of personnel. Assists in reviewing and
evaluating hearing conservation programs at Army and Defense Supply Agency
installations. Collects noise levels on all noise hazardous equipment and activities in
the Army, prepares equal energy contours for certain noise sources, and establishes a
repository of noise level data. Coordinates with other agencies in obtaining maximum
Aeromedical Research Laboratory and others in the development of improved hearing
protective devices. Reviews procurement specifications from the noise abatement
standpoint. Updates Army directives regarding noise abatement and hearing
conservation and supports training of personnel essential to the field. Provides
technical assistance to Army installations in the preparation of environmental noise
impact statements as required by Federal law.
Industrial Hygiene Division.
Provides technical services in the field of industrial hygiene in the form
of comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys, special investigations, and studies of
specific problems in support of the Army preventive medicine program. Performs
comprehensive surveys periodically at government-owned, contractor-operated
ammunition plants for the purpose of identifying those operations or practices involving
either actual or potential health hazards; evaluating the hazards, and recommending
means of eliminating, controlling, or minimizing the exposures to personnel. Performs
additional comprehensive surveys in support of the regional divisions. Performs special
investigations to study potential health problems arising out of specific industrial
environments and to recommend control measures. Performs studies of specific
industrial hygiene problems to determine solutions and/or guidelines which will be
applicable throughout the Army. Evaluates Army materiel, in the research and
development stage, with the intent of eliminating hazards. Provides consultation and
design of lighting, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Reviews
specifications and standards for supply and equipment from the viewpoint of health
implications. Prepares and assists in the preparation of technical guides and
publications for the maintenance of an effective environmental hygiene program in the
Army. Evaluates new industrial hygiene equipment to determine its applicability for
Army-wide usage. Provides function checks of physical measurement instruments
Used by the various divisions of the Agency and other Surgeon General activities.
Provides consultation in food service, hospital environmental control
and safety, recreational facilities and housing (including camps, barracks, dormitories
and mobile home parks), and sanitation aspects of infectious and solid waste handling
and disposal. Conducts studies and investigations of specific equipment, procedures,
and processes related to the maintenance and improvement of sanitary conditions.