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Legal requirements for medical surveillance of asbestos workers in Malaysia, the USA and under international law.
Rampal KG; Feitshans IL
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108, 1990 Nov; (Pt II):965-971
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.
Worker health; Medical monitoring; Asbestos workers; Medical examinations; Occupational health; Legislation; Health protection; Occupational health services; Surveillance programs
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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