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| Standard Number:||1910.120|
|OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.|
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||BYRON R. CHADWICK|
Regional Administrator, VIII
Office of Field Programs
|THOMAS J. SHEPICH|
Directorate of Technical Support
|ANGELA PRESSON, M.D., M.P.H.|
Office of Occupational Medicine
|FROM:||RICHARD F. KUEHNE, M.D., M.P.A., M.P.H.|
|SUBJECT:||Request for clarification on OSHA standards|
a) medical and employment questionnaires or histories including job description and occupational exposures,The physician's written opinion to the employer should not reveal specific findings, test results, or diagnoses unrelated to occupational exposures. Instead, it should include:
b) the results of medical examinations and laboratory tests including X-rays, spirometry, audiograms, etc.,
c) medical opinions, diagnoses, and recommendations,
d) first aid records,
e) descriptions of treatments and prescriptions, and
f) employee medical complaints.
a) whether the employee has any medical condition that would place the employee at increased risk from occupational exposure,The employer is required to provide to the physician:
b) limitations to assigned work or use of protective equipment,
c) a statement that the employee has been informed of the results of the medical examination, and
d) (for [29 CFR 1926.1101]) a statement that the employee has been informed of the increased risk of lung cancer attributable to the combined effect of smoking and asbestos exposure.
a) a copy of the applicable standard and appendices,As you are aware, the exact wording of these standards can be found in the appropriate portion of the Code of Federal Regulations. Perhaps reviewing specific portions of these standards with your employer clients will help to establish who is responsible for what, assuring their employees' safe and healthful working conditions. If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact [the OSHA Office of Occupational Medicine at (202) 693-2323].
b) a description of the employee's duties,
c) the employee's representative or anticipated exposure levels,
d) a description of personal protective equipment, and
e) information from previous medical examinations.
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