The main objective of this session is to inform you about the HAZWOPER medical surveillance program. By the time the session is over, you should be able to identify the purpose of HAZWOPER medical surveillance, understand medical surveillance procedures and your role in the program, and participate effectively in the medical surveillance program to protect your health.
Why “HAZWOPER: Medical Surveillance” Matters:
The main purpose of the HAZWOPER medical surveillance program is to make sure your are fit for duty working in hazardous waste operations and remain healthy. It establishes your state of health when you are first assigned to hazardous waste duties so that doctors can monitor your health through the years and identify any changes that might signal health problems or a developing disease.
- Working with hazardous wastes increases your risk of harmful exposures.
- HAZWOPER’s medical surveillance program is designed to ensure early diagnoses and treatment of work-related health problems.
- Report any symptoms of exposure to your supervisor right away.
- Cooperate with your employer and healthcare professionals regarding medical exams, screening, and testing.