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ESOHCAMP demonstrates culture of compliance firmly in place

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- From June 8-17, the 21st Space Wing conducted an Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Compliance Assessment and Management Program assessment of Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS. This represented the first time Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS conducted such a joint assessment.

The purpose of the assessment was to train and educate Team Pete personnel, ensuring they are aware of their responsibilities regarding the environment and occupational health. Secondly, the team, in keeping with the 21st Space Wing's culture of compliance, verified compliance with environmental laws and regulations as well as safety and occupational health laws and regulations. Finally the inspectors evaluated the wing's ability to successfully complete a regulatory inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment.

"We gave a good look at Peterson and Cheyenne Mountain assessing fully half the shops," said Dave Clapp, the deputy base civil engineer. "We know our culture of compliance remains firmly in place, and the wing's mission stands on solid ground where the environment, safety and occupational health are concerned."

The ESOHCAMP team was made up of members from the 21st Space Wing, NORAD/NORTHCOM, 302nd Airlift Wing, and was augmented by a contractor support staff. The audit not only included 21st SW organizations, but mission partners and contractor operations as well.

The assessment highlighted two areas to improve: Training--both in the area of general environmental awareness and mandatory training across all environmental protocols; secondly, the handling of universal wastes, items such as fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and aerosol spray cans, can be improved. The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron's Environmental Quality Branch will be working to expand training opportunities and provide for those who either need initial training or have to catch up for refresher training. For information and to schedule training, call 556-6100 or 556-8059.

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