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Occupational health Compounder
Roles and responsibility of occupational Assistant.
  • Employee health records are any health-related information regarding an employee's physical or mental condition, including, but not limited to.
  •  Results of medical exams and tests Records or documents regarding medical certifications, re certifications or medical histories .
  • Opinions or recommendations of a health care provider concerning the health of an employee or employees.
  •  Employee medical complaints relating to workplace exposure.
  •  Patient health care records are maintained by an organization in its capacity as a health care .
  • provider Employee health records are maintained by an organization in its capacity as an employer.
  •  Employee health records or occupational health service records are not patient health care records .
  • Patient health care records and employee health records must be kept in separate files and treated as confidential

" The purpose of this section is to provide employees and their designated representatives a right of access to relevant exposure and medical records; and to provide representatives of the Assistant Secretary a right of access to these records in order to fulfill responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Access by employees, their representatives, and the Assistant is necessary to yield both direct and indirect improvements in the detection, treatment, and prevention of occupational disease. Each employer is responsible for assuring compliance with this section, but the activities involved in complying with the access to medical records provisions can be carried out, on behalf of the employer, by the physician or other health care personnel in charge of employee medical records. Except as expressly provided, nothing in this section is intended to affect existing legal and ethical obligations concerning the maintenance and confidentiality of employee medical information, the duty to disclose information to a patient/employee or any other aspect of the medical-care relationship, or affect existing legal obligations concerning the protection of trade secret information .

Employee medical records." The medical record for each employee shall be preserved and maintained for at least the duration of employment plus thirty (5) years, except that the following types of records need not be retained for any specified period:

First aid records (not including medical histories) of one-time treatment and subsequent observation of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, and the like which do not involve medical treatment, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or transfer to another job, if made on-site by a non-physician and if maintained separately from the employer's medical program and its records, and

The medical records of employees who have worked for less than (1) year for the employer need not be retained beyond the term of employment if they are provided to the employee upon the termination of employment.

The request describes with reasonable detail one or more of the following occupational health needs for the information:

  • To assess the hazards of the chemicals to which employees will be exposed.
    To conduct or assess sampling of the workplace atmosphere to determine employee exposure levels.
  • To conduct pre-assignment or periodic medical surveillance of exposed employees.
  • To provide medical treatment to exposed employees.
  • To select or assess appropriate personal protective equipment for exposed employees.
  • To design or assess engineering controls or other protective measures for exposed employees.
  • To conduct studies to determine the health effects of exposure.
  • The request explains in detail why the disclosure of the specific chemical identity is essential and that, in lieu thereof, the disclosure of the following information would not enable the health professional,

The properties and effects of the chemical

  • Measures for controlling workers' exposure to the chemical.
  • Methods of monitoring and analyzing worker exposure to the chemical.
  • Methods of diagnosing and treating harmful exposures to the chemical.
  • The request includes a description of the procedures to be used to maintain the confidentiality of the disclosed information.
  • The health professional, employee, or designated representative and the employer or contractor of the services of the health professional or designated representative agree in a written confidentiality agreement that the health professional, employee or designated representative will not use the trade secret information for any purpose other than the health need(s) asserted and agree not to release the information under any circumstances other than to OSHA, as provided in paragraph (f)(7) of this section, except as authorized by the terms of the agreement or by the employer.
  • The confidentiality agreement authorized by paragraph (f)(4)(iv) of this section.
  • May restrict the use of the information to the health purposes indicated in the written statement of need.
  • There are approximately 1000 in-patient health records from 1996 to date separately stored,
  • Providing information and guidance to patients, attendants and visitors.
  • Compiling statistics of various data & services.
  • Issue of health record charts to faculty members, administrative authorities for various purposes.

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