Medical Surveillance

Summary: Medical surveillance is the process of evaluating the health of employees as it relates to their potential occupational exposures to hazardous agents. EH&S determines which job classifications require medical surveillance. Inclusion in the medical surveillance program is based on industrial hygiene/safety surveys in which exposures to various stressors were evaluated.

Cal/OSHA standards trigger medical surveillance procedures if an employee is exposed to a certain action level for a specific frequency of time. Laboratory-scale operations conducted in research labs at Stanford rarely trigger medical surveillance.

What to do? How to do this?

Determine if laboratory personnel require medical surveillance:

Some laboratory activities that might trigger medical surveillance include:

  • Work with laboratory animals
  • Use of a respirator
  • Work with lasers
  • Work with blood borne pathogens
  • Work with carcinogens
  • Work with noise-producing equipment that exceeds 85 dBA as an 8 hr-time weighted average.

Contact EH&S’s OH&S Program to determine if inclusion in the medical surveillance program is required (call 723-0448).

Set up a medical surveillance appointment:

  1. Call SU Occupational Health Center at x5-5308 to arrange for a medical appointment.
  2. Return for any follow-up examinations or vaccinations as directed by medical provider.