The purpose of the medical surveillance program is to identify medical conditions that could lead to an increased risk of adverse health effects related to the task being performed. The goal is to then prevent an occupational disease. If an occupational disease is identified, proper treatment to minimize its health effects is undertaken. The secondary objective is to assure compliance with federal and state regulations which require medical monitoring when employees use certain materials. OSHA standards having an OSHA "medical surveillance" requirements are generally clinically focused (e.g., medical and work histories, physical assessment, biological testing) and based on the type of work being performed. Factors to be considered include duration of the task, the materials being used, and the potential for exposure, medical surveillance is then either recommended or required for the job.
QCOH and COH can help you develop a Medical Surveillance program to fit your particular companys needs based on exposures you provide. A basic medical surveillance program will be recommended. The physician will determine the scope of the evaluation, and then inform the company of their recommendations based on the known exposures, the standards and each individual employees exam. The employee can contact the physician who performs the exam with any questions regarding the test results. According to federal law, employees have the right to request copies of their medical or exposure records at any time by contacting their supervisor or Human Resources.
An example of a typical medical surveillance program on Lead, a common industrial exposure, is: