Awareness key to ESOHCAMP audit success

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  • By Cathy Dolan
  • 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron environmental division
In a few weeks, Air Combat Command's Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment Management Program will be at Moody. This audit affects everyone from the base commander to the military dependents who call the base home.

The program is a holistic approach to evaluating and improving Air Force processes and procedures in an effort to reduce waste and minimize costs while protecting military personnel, families and all workers and visitors on an installation.

Department of Defense initiated this protocol to ensure that installations comply with federal, state, local and Air Force regulatory requirements regarding environmental and human health protection, worker and visitor safety, including more specific requirements for inherently dangerous duties.

These combined efforts result in successful missions, overall Airman well-being and personal satisfaction.

An important component to any successful mission is preparation and that holds true for the ESOHCAMP audit. It is easy to get complacent in day-to-day operations and miss the little things that compromise regulatory compliance and safety.

A prime example is leaving dumpster, trash can or container lids open, off or unsecured. An open container is subject to spilling or releasing its contents into the air, land and water.

Remember, even everyday trash is subject to housekeeping requirements because of potential pathogen or hazardous material exposure should they be released to the environment.

All individuals should take the extra step to close containers and secure their lids as well as notify squadron, shop managers or environmental personnel if they notice a potential hazard exposure in their workplace. If in doubt, have it checked out.