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Andersen wraps up ESOHCAMP 2008

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  • 36th Civil Engineer Squadron
Andersen wrapped up the 2008 external Environmental Safety Occupational Health Compliance Assessment Management Program with an out brief to wing leaders March 5.

Led by Col. Kelli Ballengee, the Pacific Air Force's bioenvironmental engineer and 23 assessors, the ESOHCAMP ran from Feb. 25-29. The assessors, from both PACAF and other PACAF bases, visited numerous locations on base, spoke with Team Andersen personnel, and reviewed official documents such as wing operating instructions, program management plans, permits and historic files.

"While the ESOHCAMP is often thought of as an 'inspection,' it is actually a staff assistance visit aimed at continually advancing our environmental, safety and occupational health programs," said Capt. Theresa Fuller, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron. "Various areas were identified for improvement; but that's a good thing. By identifying and improving our weak areas, we can ensure Andersen remains compliant with regulations, rules and laws."

This particular ESOHCAMP was special because PACAF has been selected by Air Staff to lead the transformation of Air Force ESOHCAMPs, she said. 

"The assessment program is shifting to a 'root-cause' approach, and Andersen is one of the first bases to be assessed this way," the captain said. "Rather than simply identifying items to improve, this ESOHCAMP assessed the underlying causes in order to avoid deficiencies in the future."

Three Team Andersen members were recognized as professional performers during this year's ESOHCAMP. 

They are: 
  • Russell Grossley, 36th CES environmental flight, for his vast corporate knowledge and dedicated work in the environmental flight, a mentor and "rock" of the office; 
  • Tech. Sgt. Joshua Fry, 36th Logistic Readiness Squadron, for his flawless execution and application of the LRS Confined Space program and
  • Master Sgt. Jeffrey Oyer, 36th Wing safety, who's Ground Mishap Prevention Program was among the best safety programs seen to date in PACAF.
Programs receiving praise for outstanding execution included the 36th CES heating, ventilation and air conditioning flight's ozone-depleting substance management, the 36th Mobility Response Squadron's hazardous material management and the 36th LRS' hazardous waste management.

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