Medical Surveillance testing is an occupational health and safety requirement for all employees exposed to silica, concrete, asbestos and chemicals. OSHA guidelines require that a health assessment be done within the 30 days prior to worker exposure and must be performed every two years thereafter. These assessments create a baseline health assessment and help identify any lung changes that may occur throughout their employment.
These assessments are recommended for, but not limited to, workers in the following fields:
- Sand, gravel, crushed stone, slag or recycled crushed concrete sites
- Commercial or residential demolition or renovations
- Chemical and biological plants or laboratories
The assessment includes:
- Health history information
- Chest X-ray
- Lung function test (PFT)
- Written interpretation and explanation of results by a physician
The employer is responsible for ensuring that an exposed worker has a health assessment conducted at no cost to the worker.