HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance

SKU: C-1015Duration: 24 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 24 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: 29 CFR 1910.120(f)

Languages: English

HAZWOPER requires employers to have a medical surveillance program to monitor and assess the health of their employees. Medical surveillance consists of regular medical examinations to ensure workers are "fit for duty" and aren't experiencing adverse health effects from occupational exposures. Programs should be site-specific and based on potential exposures at a given site. This module will discuss the requirements of a medical surveillance program and describe the different types of medical examinations that must be performed.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of a medical surveillance program and list program requirements
  • List the employees covered by a medical surveillance program
  • Describe when medical examinations are required
  • Describe the purpose of pre-entry and exit examinations for emergency responders and list the conditions that are monitored
  • List symptoms of exposure to hazardous chemicals

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What is the purpose of a medical surveillance program?
A medical surveillance program is required to monitor workers who may be exposed to hazardous materials.

When are examinations required?
Anyone who may be exposed to hazardous materials must have a full medical examination before being hired, at least once per year (or every other year if approved by a physician), after being reassigned or terminated, and as soon as possible after being injured, overexposed, or developing symptoms of overexposure.

What does fit for duty mean?
Physicians will determine if you are able to work while wearing chemical protective clothing and a respirator.

What is covered in the physician's written opinion?
A written opinion should contain a description of any medical conditions that increase risk of performing hazardous waste operations and emergency response, any work limitations or job functions that could cause sickness or injury, and an assessment of the employee's ability to wear protective clothing and use respirators.

How long do medical records need to be maintained?
Medical examination records must be kept for the duration of employment plus 30 years.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

HAZWOPER requires employers to have a medical surveillance program to monitor and assess the health of their employees. Medical surveillance consists of regular medical examinations to ensure workers are fit for duty and aren't experiencing adverse health effects from occupational exposures. Medical examinations are performed before employment, at least annually while employed, and after reassignment or termination. Additional examinations are required after injuries or overexposures. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of exposure to the chemicals present at each site so you can protect yourself and your coworkers.

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