OSHA standard 29
CFR 1913.10(a) states: OSHA access to employee medical records will, in
certain circumstances, be important to the agency's performance of its statutory
functions. Medical records, however, contain personal details concerning the
lives of employees. Due to the substantial personal privacy interests involved,
OSHA authority to gain access to personally identifiable employee medical
information will be exercised only after the agency has made a careful
determination of its need for this information, and only with appropriate
safeguards to protect individual privacy.
This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to MAOs.
Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
The following links provide OSHA resources regarding the need for and accessibility of medical access orders (MAOs).
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