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NEWS | Sept. 21, 2007

Base readies for internal ESOHCAMP audit

By Matt Kramm Randolph AFB Natural Resources manager

A team of inspectors will visit Randolph Oct. 9-12 to accomplish the 2007 Internal Environmental Safety Occupational and Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program audit. 

During the week, the team will visit industrial shops and administrative offices to determine compliance with federal, state, local and Air Force environmental laws, regulations and safety. 

The annual audit helps the Air Force improve environmental management, safety and occupational health world wide and identifies concerns specific to the base. 

Robin Armhold, Randolph Environmental Flight chief, encourages base personnel to check out their work areas in the weeks to come to ensure observance of environment and safety regulations. 

"We know Randolph has a wonderful environment in which to live and work, so we need to put our best foot forward and show the ESOHCAMP team why the base is the 'Showplace of the Air Force,'" she said. 

Ms. Armhold urges all personnel to take some time to assess environmental, occupational health and safety compliance in the workplace. 

"Find any areas in your shops or buildings where people 'rat hole' items such as cleaners, waxes, plant food for office plants or half-full paint cans from a self-help project," she said. "Clean up and ensure everything has a label and proper documentation." 

All chemicals or hazardous materials must have an approved Air Force Form 3952, Chemical Hazardous Material Request Authorization, and must be stored in a clean and closed container. 

While evaluating worksites, people should not dispose of chemicals or hazardous materials without consulting base guidance. 

"Please do not throw hazardous materials or waste in the trash - it is against the law," said Ms. Armhold. 

Base workers can call Erik Christians at the Hazardous Waste Disposal Center, Building 37, at 652-5666 for help with proper disposal of any hazardous material or chemical. 

The HAZMART office, at 652-3079, can help with any concerns about whether an item is hazardous or how to label it. 

Ms. Armhold also asks people to take a good look at their office and equipment to ensure safety concerns from previous inspections have been identified and corrected. 

"It is extremely important that Randolph has the safest and cleanest environment for the people who live and work here," she said. "We ask for your help in meeting those high standards." 

The ESOHCAMP outbrief, presented by the 12th Mission Support Group Civil Engineer Division, takes place Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the wing conference room.
For more details on the ESOHCAMP, call 652-4668.