This Second Edition contains completely new sections on:
• Smoking, Obesity, and Lifestyles in the Workplace
• Disaster Management including general principles and specific suggestions for both made-made and natural disasters.
• A number of chemicals have been added including cobalt, hydrogen sulfide, mercaptans, and a discussion of the recent OSHA standard for Chromium (6)
• Wherever possible, Internet addresses have been added to simplify searches for further information.
• Reviews have been added of the current status of such issues as Avian flu, West Nile Virus, and food flavoring issues.
Also exclusive to this edition is an extensive Appendix that contains all relevant OSHA forms and required questionnaires for such subjects as:
• Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Model Exposure Control Plan
• Cotton Dust
• Methylene Chloride
• Respiratory Protection Standard
All that is built on top of the already packed pages of the first edition that provides the latest information on medical surveillance for chemical and other toxic substances, infectious and allergenic agents, and physical hazards found in the workplace.
Throughout, Instant Medical Surveillance presents the essential information in a way that is easy to understand, not only for those who are trained in medicine, nursing, or industrial hygiene, but also for other professionals such as human resources personnel and attorneys.
With this completely updated pocket guide you can quickly locate the latest information about a broad range of occupational safety and public health issues you may encounter on the job. Conveniently sized to go wherever your work takes you, it's organized for quick reference and ease of use, with documented source materials and internet addresses supplied wherever possible.
In these pages you'll find such essentials as summaries of chemicals which may be found in the workplace and in the environment; management of physical hazards such as heat, cold, and radiation; hazardous waste issues; many OSHA and environmentally related regulations; how to determine whether a true cluster of illness may be present; controlling infection in the workplace; and responding to naturally occurring and man-made disasters.
An extensive Appendix contains all relevant OSHA forms and required questionnaires for a variety of topics including asbestos, bloodborne pathogens, formaldehyde, respiratory protection, and more.
Concise and compact, this indispensable guide is the tool physicians, occupational and public health personnel, attorneys, and other related professionals need to rapidly familiarize themselves with topics of urgent occupational, environmental, and public health importance.
Table of Contents
Section I. Overview of Medical Surveillance
The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Medical Surveillance
Respiratory Evaluation and Chest Radiography
Section II. Federally Mandated Surveillance
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Section III. Other Chemicals and Substances
Asphalt and Asphalt Fume
Cholinesterase-Inhibiting Substances (Pesticides)
Manganese and Manganese Fume
Nickel (Metallic and Inorganic)
Phenol and Phenolic Compounds
Toluene and Xylene
Zinc Oxide Fume (Metal Fume Fever)
Section IV. Smoking, Obesity and Wellness in the Workplace
Section V. Disaster Management
General Precautions Applicable to All Disaster Situations
Section VI. Physical Hazards
Cold Work Environments
Hot Work Environments
Sunlight and Skin Cancer
Section VII: Substance Abuse Testing
Overview and Basic Principles
Establishing a Company Drug-Testing Program
Section VIII. Department of Transportation (DOT) Driver Surveillance
Overview and Basic Principles
Section IX. Infectious and Allergenic Exposures
Animal Feces and Urine
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Molds and Mildew
West Nile Virus
Resource 3: Latex Allergy Questionnaire
Section X. Special Topics
Difficult Medical Conditions of Unknown Etiology
Flavorings in Food Products (Diacetyl)
Hazardous Waste and Other Hazardous Materials
Appendix: Websites for OSHA Forms
About the Author:
Frank L. Mitchell, DO, MPH is board-certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He served for 30 years as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. During his service, he was a senior reviewer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and was, for 13 years, Chief Medical Officer for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(ATSDR). Since his retirement from the Public Health Service, Dr. Mitchell has been a consultant in occupational and environmental medicine in Atlanta and Medical Director of Qualisys, a medical surveillance and drug-testing firm.