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Chapter 9_ Respiratory Protection Program

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Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records
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The purpose of thisprogram is:Toprovide employees and their designated representatives a right of access to relevant exposure and medicalrecordsToprovide representatives of theOSHA AssistantSecretary a right of access to these records in order to fulfill responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and HealthAct. Standard # 1910.1020
Access to Employee Exposure and MedicalRecords(Program)
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Accessby employees, their representatives, and theassistantsecretaryis necessary to yield both direct and indirect improvements in the detection, treatment, and prevention of occupational disease.
Access to Employee Exposure and MedicalRecords (Program)
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Exceptas expressly provided, nothing in thisprogramis 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.
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"Employee exposure records." Each employee exposure record shall be preserved and maintained for at least thirty (30) years, exceptthat:Backgrounddata to environmental (workplace) monitoring or measuring, such as laboratory reports and worksheets, need only be retained for one (1) year so long as the sampling results, the collection methodology (sampling plan), a description of the analytical and mathematical methods used, and a summary of other background data relevant to interpretation of the results obtained, are retained for at least thirty (30)years.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Employee Exposure records)
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Safetydata sheets andrecordsconcerning the identity of a substance or agent need not be retained for any specified period as long as some record of the identity (chemical name if known) of the substance or agent, where it was used, and when it was used is retained for at least thirty (30) years(1)
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Employee Exposure records)
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"Employee medical records." The medical record for each employee shall be preserved and maintained for at least the duration of employment plus thirty (30) years, except that the following types of records need not be retained for any specified period:Healthinsurance claims records maintained separately from the employer's medical program and itsrecords.
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Firstaid 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 itsrecords
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Employee Medical Records)
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Themedical 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.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Employee Medical Records)
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Whenever an employee or designated representative requests access to a record, the employer shall assure that access is provided in a reasonable time, place, and manner.Ifthe employer cannot reasonably provide access to the record within fifteen (15) working days, the employer shall within the fifteen (15) working days apprise the employee or designated representative requesting the record of the reason for the delay and the earliest date when the record can be madeavailable.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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The employermay require of the requester only such information as should be readily known to the requester and which may be necessary to locate or identify the records being requested (e.g. dates and locations where the employee worked during the time period in question).Wheneveran employee or designated representative requests a copy of a record, the employer shall assure that either:
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Acopy of the record is provided without cost to the employee or representative,Thenecessary mechanical copying facilities (e.g., photocopying) are made available without cost to the employee or representative for copying the record, orTherecord is loaned to the employee or representative for a reasonable time to enable a copy to be made.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Whenever an employee requests access to his or her employee medical records, and a physician representing the employer believes that direct employee access to information contained in the records regarding a specific diagnosis of a terminal illness or a psychiatric condition could be detrimental to the employee's health, the employer may inform the employee that access will only be provided to a designated representative of the employee having specific written consent, and deny the employee's request for direct access to this information only.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Wherea designated representative with specific written consent requests access to information so withheld, the employer shall assure the access of the designated representative to this information, even when it is known that the designated representative will give the information to the employee.Aphysician, nurse, or other responsible health care personnel maintaining employee medical records may delete from requested medical records the identity of a family member, personal friend, or fellow employee who has provided confidential information concerning an employee's health status.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Eachemployer shall, upon request, assure the access of each employee and designated representative to each analysis using exposure or medical records concerning the employee's working conditions orworkplace.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Wheneveraccess is requested to an analysis which reports the contents of employee medical records by either direct identifier (name, address, social security number, payroll number, etc.) or by information which could reasonably be used under the circumstances indirectly to identify specific employees (exact age, height, weight, race, sex, date of initial employment, job title, etc.), the employer shall assure that personal identifiers are removed before access is provided.
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Ifthe employer can demonstrate that removal of personal identifiers from an analysis is not feasible, access to the personally identifiable portions of the analysis need not be provided.
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records(Access to Records)
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Chapter 9_ Respiratory Protection Program