RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
Last week, Randolph took part in a week-long external Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program inspection, conducted by Air Education and Training Command every three years, and faired positive results.
The inspection is made to help commanders assess the status of ESOH risks, identify and track solutions, and build supporting financial programs and budgets for compliance requirements, according to the 2011 Randolph External ESOHCAMP preliminary report. The overall effect of this approach reduces the number of compliance deficiencies and the number of enforcement actions from regulatory agencies. The management action plan is developed based on issues identified during the assessment and serve to prioritize the corrective action.
The 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Section, 359th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering and 502nd Air Base Wing Operating Location Bravo Ground Safety offices worked together showcasing Randolph as the "Showplace of the Air Force."
"We have gone through a very thorough ESOHCAMP inspection and been cited as having a 'strong occupational health program,'" Capt. Bernardo Garcia, 359th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering occupational health element chief, said. "We would not have accomplished this without the conscientious efforts of the shop supervisors and workers in their respective areas."
During the inspection, 114 facilities on base were inspected, 706 documents were reviewed, 113 people were interviewed and 91 percent of those contacted were aware of their ESOH responsibilities.
"We did really well," Verna Cyr, 902nd CES environmental compliance chief, said. "We had a significant decrease in findings from 2008's inspection."
Although few discrepancies were found, plans are being made to ensure they are corrected.
"Getting everyone to understand their roles and responsibilities for environmental awareness will be the key," she said. "And even though the inspection is done, it doesn't end here. We must focus on continual improvement with even fewer findings on the next one."