Medical Access Order
OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its internal procedures to transfer certain responsibilities from the Assistant Secretary to the OSHA Medical Records Officer. The amended rule also improves internal efficiency, establishes new internal requirements for the access and safeguarding of personally identifiable employee medical information maintained in electronic form, and simplifies procedures for the removal of medical records from a worksite without degradation of privacy protections. The revised procedures are internal agency procedures and do not affect employer compliance with OSHA requirements.
The following links provide OSHA resources regarding the need for and accessibility of medical access orders (MAOs).
- Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing (OOMN). OSHA. Provides direct advisory and technical services in support of compliance and cooperative activities. Administratively, OOMN has the Agency's authority to use Medical Access Orders (MAOs).
- To obtain a Medical Access Order (MAO), the Principal OSHA Investigator or another authorized OSHA employee must submit a completed MAO Request Form to the Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing (OOMN).
- Access to Medical and Exposure Records. OSHA Publication 3110, (2001). Explains OSHA requirements permitting workers to obtain medical chemical exposure records that employers maintain.
- Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.