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What is a Medical Surveillance Program?

Employers monitor employees exposed to hazardous substances with a medical surveillance program.

Medical surveillance programs are mandated by OSHA for certain substances, such as Lead, Arsenic, and Ammonia. However, a medical surveillance program is not required for all hazardous substances.

Employees that may be monitored include workers exposed at or above the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of a hazardous substance for 30 or more days per year, emergency responders, injured workers, and any worker accidentally exposed to a hazardous substance. Employers may also monitor physical hazards and chronic stressors.

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