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Legal Requirements for Medical Surveillance of Asbestos Workers in Malaysia, the USA and Under International Law.

Authors
Rampal-KG; Feitshans-IL
Source
NIOSH 1990 Nov:965-971
NIOSHTIC No.
00198865
Abstract
The regulatory requirements for the medical surveillance of asbestos (1332214) workers under international laws in Malaysia and the United States were examined. Specific topics addressed included: the general basis for statutory protections; the scope of medical surveillance coverage; and medical surveillance requirements such as medical examinations, cost of medical surveillance, information provided to workers regarding results of medical examinations, alternative sources of income for those workers for whom asbestos exposure is medically inadvisable, and a notification system for asbestos related disease. The International Labour Organization Convention-162 (C-162) concerning safety in the use of asbestos was included as an analytical framework. The authors conclude that medical surveillance among asbestos workers represents a fundamental protection that has been codified in international and national asbestos standards and is an extremely useful tool for measuring compliance as well as evidence of disease in cases of torts. C-162 provides a comprehensive medical surveillance program to control occupational lung disease and provides a sound blueprint for good medical surveillance programs.
Keywords
Worker-health; Medical-monitoring; Asbestos-workers; Medical-examinations; Occupational-health; Legislation; Health-protection; Occupational-health-services; Surveillance-programs;
CAS No.
1332-21-4;
Publication Date
19901101
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 90-108
Source Name
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference
State
PA;
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