Screening and Monitoring
Screening for Occupational Disease and Risky Exposure
Every illness caused by work is preventable. Medical screening offered by the OHCC can play an important role in prevention by:
- Catching an illness early when it can still be reversed or at least stopped from getting worse
- Measuring toxins in the body to determine if an overexposure has taken place and if the person is at risk of developing an occupational illness
- Establishing a pre-exposure baseline to which post exposure results can be compared
- Determining if a worker is able to safely work while wearing a respirator
Some screening is mandatory, regulated by OSHA or PESH, and must be offered by the employer. The most common mandatory screenings include workers exposed to:
- hazardous waste
- conditions requiring the use of a respirator (for example firefighters)
Many other workers, aside from those included in OSHA and PESH regulations, would benefit from medical screening. Workers exposed to noise, solvents, dusts, highly repetitive physical work, metal working fluids, and other chemicals are examples of groups that could take advantage of these services. The OHCC has experience in developing screening programs tailored to the specific needs of the group. OHCC can also assist in developing actions that follow up on screening findings. Screenings must be coupled with efforts to reduce hazards identified by the screening to be effective in preventing disease.
To get further information about OHCC's screening services, or to arrange a screening for your group call our Syracuse office (315) 432-8899 or toll-free (800) 432-9590.