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A Contemporary Look at the Preplacement Examination.

Gibson RL
Presented at the National Symposium on Occupational Health (Unpublished), June, 1973, 1973 Jun:12 pages
Criteria for the preplacement medical examination were evaluated, and the standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and NIOSH for asbestos (1332214), respiratory protection, open surface tanks, abrasive blasting operations, carcinogens, hot environments, noise, inorganic lead (7439921), ultraviolet radiation, carbon-monoxide (630080), and coke oven emissions were reviewed in light of their relationships to preplacement medical examinations. Predictive tests were recommended by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists to screen job applicants and to improve the coverage of the threshold limit values. Tests were designed to detect workers with genetic susceptibility to industrial chemicals, but they were not being widely used in industry. Medical examinations and job analysis services were provided to a number of industries by the National Council on Aging in order to analyze worker capacity and job requirements. In this program, a physical abilities profile was matched against a job analysis profile to evaluate the physical and environmental demands of a given job. The method was effective in placing aged and disabled individuals in jobs compatible with their abilities. The author concludes that in order to assure responsible and economical occupational health programs, a balanced approach involving all concerned parties is required.
Occupational-health-programs; Physical-examination; Industrial-medicine; Preemployment-examinations; Medical-screening; Screening-methods; Occupational-hazards;
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Presented at the National Symposium on Occupational Health (Unpublished), June, 1973, 12 pages, 13 references
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