The value of HAZWOPER medical surveillance.


Medical surveillance is mandated for workers with potential exposure to hazardous materials. However, little guidance is provided regarding the components of a medical surveillance testing program for these individuals. This article describes the medical surveillance program for a group of 72 employees who respond to hazardous material releases throughout the United States. Conditions related to chemical exposures were not identified in this group. However, several non-occupational health conditions were identified, including a relatively high prevalence of one or more signs of metabolic syndrome. Medical surveillance may provide valuable information regarding an individual's underlying health status and non-occupational health conditions to be addressed at an early stage.

DOI: 10.3928/08910162-20111025-03

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@article{Huss2011TheVO, title={The value of HAZWOPER medical surveillance.}, author={Rosalyn G Huss and Kristen N Williamson and Kimberly L Alvis and David J. Hewitt}, journal={AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses}, year={2011}, volume={59 11}, pages={465-7} }