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  What is Medical Surveillance?

   Medical surveillance helps you maintain vigilance over your business. The process is similar to being a detective looking for clues. The most common reason for performing a medical surveillance is because some component of your business falls under an OSHA regulation. 

  OSHA has separate regulations for general industry, agriculture, construction, and maritime. If your business falls under one of these categories, then you must comply with the specific OSHA regulations for that category. With a few exceptions all businesses must comply with the regulations under the general industry category.

  Medical surveillance also helps to maintain public health at your company site with systematic collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination of disease data which falls under OSHA regulations.

   What is involved in Medical Surveillance?

  There are three main reasons for medical surveillance:

  • Primary Prevention-- eliminate the hazard 
  • Secondary Prevention-- detect early signs of disease before a worker is symptomatic 
  • Tertiary Prevention-- intervention when a person has an illness or disease in order to prevent reoccurrence 
  The requirements for a medical surveillance program may be specified by the OSHA regulation, by company policy, or by a health care provider.
  NOTE: Be sure that your health care provider understands the surveillance requirements under the specific regulation. Give them a copy of the standard, and a copy of your company policy.

 Getting Started with SWC HealthWorks

   SWC HealthWorks will travel to your site to determine your need for medical surveillance by completing an assessment process. We will perform the following tests to determine how your company falls under current OSHA regulations: 

  • Review work process 
  • Review toxicology of materials 
  • Do these toxins require medical surveillance? 
  • Mandated surveillance-hearing conservation, pathogens, drug screenings, etc. 
  • Regulations which are not mandated but a good medical/business practice 
  • Do ergonomic or other physical stressors require medical surveillance? 
  Under OSHA we are required to perform two tasks: 
  1. Monitoring--the measurement of a toxin or suspected toxin which would be environmental (noise, air level) and biological (evaluate exposure through blood, urine, or fat).
  2. Screening--examination or a test with the expectation of taking an action favorable to the employee as a result of the exam.

 How much do Medical Surveillance programs cost?

   The market for medical surveillance programs is fairly consistent in general. Of the major health care organizations the costs are relatively the same. There are some factors associated with cost that you should consider: 

  • Does your health care provider understand the OSHA regulation? 
  • Does your provider understand how the regulation applies to your company? 
  • Are you providing too much or too little surveillance? 
  • Are your records kept accurately? 
  • Will your provider update you when the regulation or components of the regulation change? 
  • Do you receive reports that you can understand? 
  • Does your provider use a qualified laboratory and do they use the same laboratory each testing cycle? 
  • Could my company save money instituting a medical surveillance program? 

  After you finish answering these questions you will see how SWC HealthWorks can assist your company. Contact SWC HealthWorks today and let our experience and expertise help your company become up to date with OSHA.We save you money in the long run, but before you spend a dime we will spend the necessary time to review your current status and needs with you and give you a written proposal.


SWC HealthWorks, Inc.
4050 Howick St., #5E
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
TEL: 801.269.8263 --- FAX: 801.293.8910

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