OSHA requires that medical surveillance be offered to employees where this requirement is specified in a standard (e.g., the asbestos standard), but employee participation is optional unless it is made a condition of employment. Standards for specific chemicals require medical surveillance when a PEL and sometimes an action level are exceeded.
All employees enrolled in Bloodborne Pathogen, respiratory, and hearing conservation programs must receive medical surveillance. Medical surveillance is also mandated when:
The University will institute a program of medical surveillance of employees exposed to hazards and toxic substances. This program consists of an initial medical examination at the frequency specified by the applicable standard.
A licensed physician will perform all medical examination and procedures. The University will provide the examination without cost to the employee. The examination will include the personal history of the employee, occupational background and environmental factors.
The University will establish and maintain an accurate record of each employee subject to the medical surveillance. This record will include:
The University will maintain this record for the duration of employment plus 30 years, as specified in the applicable OSHA standard.
The following standards prescribe a medical surveillance program for employees exposed to toxic substances or other hazards.