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Case Studies in Occupational Health Programs: Industrial Conception - Birth of a Plant.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:37-40
The occupational medical program in an Austin, Texas International Business Machines (IBM) facility is described as an example of a model program for establishment in a new industrial facility. The author concludes that a primary responsiblity of any occupational medical program is the protection of employees from potential environmental hazards and integration of preventive medicine practices into the facility as it and the working force expands. The most important consideration in any new facility is a well equipped, well staffed, and strategically placed facility for treatment of industrial injuries, illnesses, and emergencies. The responsibility for implementing and planning environmental controls within the work place should be shared between safety, industrial hygiene, and engineering personnel. Periodic health examinations should be scheduled and performed and management and personnel should be informed of medical problems. An education program for cardiopulmonary respiration and first aid courses should be instituted. A medical recordkeeping system must be organized and accessible to government agencies. Medical care should include the accommodation of minor personal problems. A program of cooperation with the local medical community is recommended, and a health education program in preventive medicine should be developed to maintain a healthy work force and community.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Safety-practices; Occupational-health-services; Safety-programs; Accident-statistics; Safety-training; Medical-screening; Industrial-health-programs; Medical-personnel;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division