(4) Evaluate health hazards in procuring supplies and equipment.
(5) Perform laboratory and field research to ensure that pest management
programs conform to Federal, State, and local regulations. Study information on
pesticide resistance and pest management techniques. Maintain and distribute
complete information regarding the social, economic, and legal aspects of pest
(6) Maintain a reference and quality assurance laboratory service to ensure
local and regional laboratory facilities are performing at the optimal level.
(7) Research and develop new or improved methods for environmental
health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, and arthropod vector control operations.
(8) Calibrate field survey and laboratory equipment.
(9) Evaluate and monitor the Army hearing conservation program. Research
and recommend protective hearing devices.
d. Training. Some examples of training services offered by USAEHA are to:
(1) Conduct residency training in occupational medicine and general
preventive medicine (environmental health).
(2) Prepare training information and directives on technical subjects related
to preventive medicine and environmental quality.
(3) Conduct postgraduate courses and workshops in all aspects of
preventive medicine and environmental health.
EPIDEMIOLOGY CONSULTANT SERVICE (EPICON)
a. The Epidemiology Consultant Service (EPICON) of the Walter Reed Army
Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the central epidemiological investigation source for the
Army. It provides assistance and support to worldwide AMEDD activities. EPICON
assists in the investigation and control of significant out-breaks of communicable or
occupational disease, and provides other services beyond the traditional confines of
military epidemiology. EPICON services are available to both CONUS and oversea
commands on request. Requests, however, should be made through communication
channels appropriate to the urgency of the situation. EPICON is a military agency.
b. EPICON provides support in the following areas:
(1) Infectious disease.
(2) Occupational disease.