Safety and Occupational Health Office
Phone (217) 761-3415 / 3727 / 3759 / 3360

The mission of the Safety and Occupational Health Office is to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees and soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard (IL ARNG). This mission is supported by federal statutes set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), and in the regulatory guidance established by the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of the Army (DA), and the National Guard Bureau (NGB).

Force Protection is the goal if the Safety and Occupational Health Office. We strive to provide quality education, training, and support in the areas of safety and health to all soldiers and full-time personnel. We want all of our soldiers to incorporate health and safety into their missions, lives, and daily activities. The five-step Risk Management Process is the cornerstone of the Safety and Occupational Health Program.

The Safety and Occupational Health Office has three full-time personnel on staff. The positions include: a State Safety and Occupational Health Manager (SSOHM), a State Safety Manager (SSM), and a State Occupational Health Manager (SOHM).


The State Safety and Occupational Health Manager (SSOHM) is responsible for the daily operations of the Safety and Occupational Health Office, and serves as the principle advisor to the Adjutant General on safety and health issues, and OSHA compliance.


The State Safety Manager (SSM) deals with safety issues in the workplace and in the field environment. The SSM performs safety inspections, assistance visits, safety training, and industrial hygiene monitoring of the armories, shops and facilities within the IL ARNG.


The State Occupational Health Manager (SOHM) is responsible for many regulatory programs; Medical Surveillance, Radiation Protection, Hearing and Vision Conservation, Respiratory Protection, Hazard Communication, Preventive Medicine, and Workman�s Compensation Program (OWCP). Several of these also apply to the traditional soldier. The OHM responds to health issues that could potentially affect the health and well being of the full-time workforce, and makes recommendations to commanders on issues involving traditional soldiers.

Risk Management

Commanders, supervisors, and managers are required to use this process prior to and during the performance of any training event or activity to mitigate or eliminate hazards and unnecessary risk. Over the past decade, the IL ARNG has realized an outstanding safety record. Missions have been conducted with a high degree of safety despite the increased OPTEMPO. The full-time federal technician workforce has experienced an equally successful safety record in our shops and facilities throughout the state.