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Office Of Environmental Health & Safety

Medical Surveillance Program

Medical surveillance is the systematic assessment of employees exposed or potentially exposed to occupational hazards. This assessment monitors individuals for adverse health effects and determines the effectiveness of exposure prevention strategies. A medical surveillance program includes the analysis of both individual and aggregate surveillance data over time, with the goal of reducing and ultimately preventing occupational illness and injury.

The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS) offers a complete range of medical surveillance services, which can be customized to meet the unique needs of your individual department and help keep you in compliance with all applicable regulatory standards. Our services include:

  • Exposure assessment
  • Selection of personnel for surveillance
  • Selection of screening tests and examination components
  • Interpretation and notification of test results
  • Recordkeeping
  • Written exposure control plan
  • Occupational health consultation
  • Occupational health resources
  • Physical examinations (external source)

29CFR 1910.1025(j): Medical Surveillance.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) policy regarding medical surveillance requirements is that the employer must make the medical examination available, at no cost, to the employee, but the employee, is not required to take the examination. OSHA does not require an employer to force the employees to take medical examinations. However, OSHA's regulations are intended as minimum standards. Employers can adopt more stringent requirements for themselves, and in doing so, may enforce mandatory participation in programs within the guidelines of labor/management relations.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/medicalsurveillance/surveillance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/surveillance/