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Medical Surveillance

SureHire's Medical Surveillance Program uses a range of assessment and testing methods to systematically monitor the health of workers exposed to certain health hazards. Early detection of any adverse effects is critical for halting their progression as well as mitigating any further damage from occurring. Health monitoring can further assist in the evaluation of your company's existing control measures and identify areas that may require improvement.

The results from SureHire's series of questionnaires, tests, and assessments will develop a baseline of your employees' health. These may include:

  • Lung Health Questionnaire
  • Fit-to-Wear Respirator Questionnaire
  • Spirometry Screening (lung function test)
  • Chest X-Rays
  • Quantitative Mask Fit Testing
  • Pulmonary Specialist Review/Assessment
  • Blood Testing

Once a baseline has been established, regularly scheduled monitoring will make it possible to detect changes in worker health that may be caused by exposure to asbestos, lead, coal, silica, or other hazardous materials that may be present in your workplace.

Both SureHire's Comprehensive and Basic Lung Medical Surveillance Programs comply with provincial and federal legislation.

- Comprehensive Lung Health Medical Monitoring Program Basic Lung Health Medical Monitoring
Lung Health Questionnaire X X
Fit to Wear Respirator Questionnaire X
Spirometry Screen X X
Chest X-Ray X X
Quantitative Mask Fit X
Pulmonary Specialist Review X X
Employee Results Letter X X
Pulmonary Specialist Assessment If Required If Required
Employer Statistical Report X X

Understanding the Results

The tests and assessments included in SureHire's Medical Surveillance Program may identify existing conditions or the development of new conditions. Some results may require an employee to abstain from further exposure to hazardous materials in order to prevent further damage from occurring.

A physician's review will help to determine what steps should be taken on a case by case basis. SureHire works with physicians at local clinics to review the results of any findings on the employee's questionnaire, spirometry and chest x-ray results. Once the results have been reviewed, the physician will send the employee a letter stating the results and their recommendations.

Many workplace substances can cause breathing problems, lung damage, or the development of other serious health conditions. Some of these conditions do not have treatment, apart from removing the individual from any additional exposure. This makes early detection through health monitoring fundamental in preventing further damage or illness from developing.

When can I test?

Some forms of health monitoring are regulated throughout most jurisdictions across Canada and the United States. It is the employer's responsibility to comply with these regulations and to help protect the health of their employees and to inform workers of any hazards they may be exposed to at work. In addition to the development and implementation of an exposure control program, use of engineering controls, and regular equipment maintenance, SureHire's Medical Surveillance Program can be an essential tool for the early detection of problems.

In addition to putting your employees at risk of injury or death, failure to comply with federal and provincial occupational health and safety regulations may result in fines and legal action.

Booking

Please contact SureHire for more information on which of our health monitoring programs is suitable for your company's needs. Individual tests and assessments included in the program can be booked both by phone or online.

FAQs

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY EMPLOYEES FROM EXPOSURE TO HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES?

It is important to ensure that any employees who may be handling materials which may include asbestos have received proper training. In many provinces, workers must complete a course through an accredited agency. You must also ensure that workers are wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including respiratory protective equipment that provides appropriate protection from asbestos exposure.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS?

Provincial government websites will often have OHS regulations which can be reviewed and/or downloaded.

Many workplace substances can cause breathing problems, lung damage, or the development of other serious health conditions. Some of these conditions do not have treatment, apart from avoiding any additional exposure. Conditions can often take a long time to develop but may also be fatal.

Participation in SureHire's Medical Surveillance Program will determine a baseline evaluation of your overall health. Routine monitoring can help to detect any changes that may have occurred, and early detection is key in preventing further damage or the aforementioned illnesses from developing.

It is also important to remember that people who smoke and are also exposed to hazardous materials are often at a much greater risk of developing certain serious conditions, including lung cancer.

What to Expect

There are a number of questionnaires, tests, and assessments that will be necessary for you to participate in in order to gain a full picture of your overall health. Depending on the version of SureHire's Medical Surveillance Program that your employer has opted for, these may include:

  • Lung Health Questionnaire
  • Fit-to-Wear Respirator Questionnaire
  • Spirometry Screening (lung function test)
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Quantitative Mask Fit Testing
  • Pulmonary Specialist Review/Assessment
  • Blood Testing

Know Your Rights

It is the duty of your employer to help protect your health and to inform you of the hazards you may be exposed to at work. Participation in a Medical Surveillance Program can be a vital tool in the early detection of any problems.

You can help protect yourself by ensuring that you are wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including respiratory protective equipment that fits properly and is appropriate for the hazards you may be exposed to.

FAQs

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS?

Provincial government websites will often have links to OHS regulations which can be reviewed and/or downloaded, such as WorkSafe BC and the Government of Alberta Website.

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