|Office hours:||Monday through Friday, 07:30-16:30|
The Environmental Health Section demonstrates an essential and imperative role to the Fort Irwin community. We provide the necessary awareness, training, surveillance and comprehensive inspections to protect both environmental quality and human health. The EH staff is consists of the following Environmental Science Officer, EH NCOIC, EH NCO and 2 EH Tech’s.
The promotion of serving safe food to the community of Fort Irwin is the responsibility of the EH section. Through our comprehensive, pre-opening, routine and special event food service inspections, we prevent from the possible spread of a food borne illness. Our inspections include (but are not limited to) food storage, cooking and handling procedures. For personnel that wish to sell a food product for a special event/fundraiser they must obtain a food handlers card. This food handlers card is valid for one year and can be obtained by coming to the front desk of Preventive Medicine and passing the food handlers (study materials) test.
Our EH specialists inspect Fort Irwin's swimming pools and water distribution systems on a weekly bases. All aspects of pool operations and construction is evaluated (which pertains to public safety and health). Water samples taken from the pools and around the installation are subject to a series of comprehensive tests for evidence of bacteria.
No one can control what days are going to be hot and what days are going to be cold. However, a support service that EH provides for the commanders, troops and the Fort Irwin community is the heat stress monitoring. The heat stress is monitored by the Automated Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) information system. This information can provide to local units the heat category, recommended work/rest cycles and water consumption guidelines. However, this information does not pertain to the units out in "The Box". For the troops in the field we recommend that they have their own WBGT set up and monitored by Field Sanitation Team (FST) members. To attain this WBGT information you can click on the provided link to receive the automated information mentioned above.
Our staff can provide to units a numerous of training topics that are necessary for everyday operations. Classes include (but are not limited to) heat and cold prevention, basic food handlers, FST course, and Medical Threat Briefs. Calling 380-3234/5328 can coordinate training requests.