ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Are you sure that cleaning chemical is okay for aluminum?Using a battery drill in the paint booth to affix masking plates on the vehicle makes my job easier, why is that a problem?I don’t have enough booth space to sand components prior to paint, what’s the big deal with doing it in front of the booth?When aluminum is exposed to some cleaning agents, toxic fumes are released, which are harmful if inhaled.The little DC motor in your battery drill creates a consistent spark as it rotates; if exposed in a solvent laden atmosphere, this spark can cause an explosion.Sanding dust is volatile. A spark from grinding or welding can set the accumulated dust on fire. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prohibits sanding outside of sanding booths.Not all suggested changes are bad; those performing a process know the process better than anyone and have great ideas on how to make the process better.Anniston Army Depot’s engineering services are here to make sure those ideas are vetted by the Safety Office, Environmental Compliance, Fire Department and others, so no compliance or safety issues are overlooked.Change management is the method of requesting, determining attainability, planning, implementing and evaluating changes to a system or process.Its main goals are to support the processing and traceability of changes to an interconnected set of factors or key performance indicators.The Process Change Management procedure establishes an orderly and effective procedure for tracking the submission, coordination, review, evaluation, categorization and approval for release of all changes to the process baselines.The process flow steps and requirements consist of:1. The submitter completes a Change Request Form, which is sent to the process change manager. For ANAD, this is the chief of the Process Engineering Division. I can be reached at Ext. 6474 or via email at The CR Form is located on the intranet under DPE.2. The process change manager enters the CR in the CR log. The CR’s status is updated throughout the CR process.3. A process team or a change management board reviews the CR and provides an estimated level of resources to develop and process the proposed solution.4. The board gives approves or rejects moving forward with incorporating the suggested change.5. If approved, the necessary adjustments are made or facilitation occurs to execute. The CR’s status is communicated to the submitter and other stakeholders.6. Determine and document return on investment.Since complex processes can be very sensitive to even the smallest of changes, proper management of change to industrial facilities and processes is critical to the safety and environmental process key performance indicators.Anniston Army Depot has developed the Environmental Work Request program to ensure environmental controls are in place and not jeopardized by process changes.The main goal is a thorough review of a proposed change, performed by a multi-disciplinary team to ensure as many viewpoints as possible evaluate the change. This will minimize the chances of missing a hazard, an environmental non-compliance or an opportunity to improve quality, efficiency and cost to our customers.