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.
Medical access orders (MAOs) are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, rules concerning OSHA access to employee medical records, and maritime. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to MAOs.
Rules Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records (29 CFR 1913)
1913.10, Rules of agency practice and procedure concerning OSHA access to employee medical records.
State Plan Standards
There are 29 OSHA-approved State Plans operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
Note: The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Rules of agency practice and procedure concerning OSHA access to employee medical records. CPL 02-02-072, (August 22, 2007).
Additional Letters of Interpretation
Note: The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- 29 CFR 1910.1020 Application to Workplace Drug Testing Results (February 06, 1990).