Occupational Health focuses on promoting the health and efficiency of service members and civilian employees by monitoring and conducting the following:
Under the direction of Mitchell Howo, M.D., and with the assistance of Utrawn Jones, Occupational Health Technician, David Henry, Physician's Assistant, Chief, Occupational Health, ensures Placement Examinations and/or health screening are performed on all new Civil Service employees and to those in-processing to Ft. Irwin. All employees of MEDDAC, CDC, and FCC are thoroughly screened for TB, Rubella and Varicella. These staff members are also screened annually and given a TB skin test.
Medical surveillance includes the monitoring of an established individual immunization profile for each service member and civilian employee of MEDDAC. Members are encouraged to inquire on their PPD, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Polio, Rubella and Varicella status. Pregnant females, which include Active Duty and Civilian personnel, are encouraged to report to Occupational Health to discuss their work environment which includes the potential for exposures to chemicals and gases. All Army and Civilian personnel who have been exposed to Blood Borne Pathogens must report immediately to the Emergency Room and following, to Occupational Health. Occupational Health will ensure the appropriate guidelines and follow these patients. For Civilians, palliative treatment for illnesses not ordinarily requiring treatment by a physician or that arise while at work are available daily.
The Hearing Conservation Program is an ongoing process which is integrated with our in-processing program. Utilizing a 6-man audio booth, Occupational Health is able to keep up the pace of in-processing, annual surveillance and termination audiograms. Education and hearing protection is readily available. Civilians who may need accommodations for work are to report to Occupational Health for duty restrictions. Those civilians who sustain on-the-job injuries or who have questions regarding an occupational illness are encouraged to report to Occupational Health.