Passed without comment:
The use of electric space heaters and all other heat creating devices is discouraged on [military installation X]. These units and devices are a safety hazard and extremely expensive to run. Approved space heaters may be used as a temporary measure with concurrence of the Chief of Civil Engineer Operations and Maintenance Division due to improper functioning of existing heating systems. All government owned space heaters should be turned into the Civil Engineer Logistics Branch at XXX-XXXX.
The Occupational Medicine Service (OMS) has been asked to confirm the need for a space heater for individuals on many occasions. Sometimes there is a valid need, other times there isn't. The procedure for space heater and other heating devices approval shall be for the individual to bring a note from his or her doctor to the OMS clinic in Building XXX to request their opinion. If a reasonable medical need is identified (e.g. a circulatory disorder like white finger syndrome, CREST, a cold agglutinin disorder etc.) they will endorse the use of a space heater or recommend another corrective action. In some cases, warmer clothing, gloves with fingertips cut out, etc may be adequate. When CE receives OMS clinic endorsement, the [installation] Maintenance Engineer will provide a certificate of approval for the individual that can be shown to the Fire Department in the event of an inspection. At the time of certificate issuance, CE will also provide a recommendation as to the type of space heater or other heating device to use and any special instructions.