U-M Occupational Health Services provides medical surveillance examinations for employees who may have been exposed to occupational hazards. The purpose of these examinations is to prevent negative health consequences from exposure to potential hazards. This prevention is accomplished in two ways:
- education regarding the hazard and how to avoid exposure
- baseline and periodic medical data to monitor for health effects.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency charged with protecting the health of workers. OSHA standards require examinations for some hazards, such as noise, respirators and formaldehyde. Other examinations (e.g., exposure to hazardous drugs) are recommended but are not required. If an examination is required, your supervisor will let you know when and how to contact U-M OHS for an appointment.