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The Importance of Medical Surveillance in the Workplace

May 15, 2014 - Posted by Dr. Richard Lewis

The term surveillance generally refers to “keeping a watchful eye over someone or something.” In the workplace, surveillance programs have been used to screen individuals for potential over-exposures (such as to lead) or disease development (such as asbestosis). In a more broad sense, programs can be used to observe the health of populations for the development of work-related problems such as hearing loss from noise exposure or allergic reactions from dusts or dander. The keys to success and effectiveness of these types of programs are to identify problems early and take appropriate corrective actions.

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Topics: employee health, illness prevention, workplace wellness, medical surveillance