Asbestos Physicals

Stay ahead of OSHA mandates with asbestos physicals at Prognify.

What is Asbestos?

For years, flexible fibers resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion known as asbestos were used to make a variety of commercial products, from insulation and fireproofing materials, to automotive brakes, textile products, and cement and wallboard materials. While the use of asbestos has decreased, these minerals are still found in many residential and commercial areas, and poses a serious threat to workers’ health.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and its use is now highly regulated by both OSHA and EPA. Asbestos has been linked with cancers and pulmonary diseases, and has also been associated with scarring of the lung – a condition referred to as asbestosis.

Who needs to have an Asbestos physical?

As per OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1001, employees who are exposed to asbestos may need to have a medical surveillance exam. This includes all employees who meet the following criteria:

    • Mine asbestos
    • Work with anything that might be contaminated with asbestos
    • Repair or perform maintenance work in any buildings containing asbestos
    • Have contact with any materials that might contain asbestos

What is an Asbestos Physical?

An Asbestos Physical Exam involves a series of tests and examinations performed to check the health of the respiratory system of workers who are exposed to asbestos or have a potential exposure to asbestos. An Asbestos Physical Exam includes the following:

    • Comprehensive Medical Exam
    • Review of medical and work history
    • An OSHA Respirator medical questionnaire
    • A Chest X-Ray with B Reader
    • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) with Blood Pressure
    • Any other laboratory tests that the physician might deem necessary based on the review of the employee's medical exam results, medical history, and work history

How frequently do we need Asbestos Physicals?

The Asbestos Physical must be conducted annually except for the chest x-ray. The chest x-ray needs to be conducted every five years within the first ten years of exposure. The frequency of x-rays also depends on the age of the employee.

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