We Speak OSHA

Physicians Quality Care OCCMed continues to set new standards in providing occupational medicine services to West Tennessee industry. If your company needs it, we can do it — from CAOHC-certified audiometry, NIOSH-approved spirometry and respirator fit testing, and drug screening to DOT and pre-employment physicals, industrial hygiene, on-site training, health fairs, and more. Let us help you meet your regulatory burden. We speak OSHA!

DOT changes requirements

Physicians Quality Care has certified medical examiners on staff who can do physicals for bus and truck drivers in compliance with Department of Transportation requirements that took effect May 21, 2014.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now requires that truck drivers and bus drivers get their physical exam from a certified medical examiner. The new rule established the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, which is available on the National Registry website.

To be included in the directory, medical examiners have to complete the training and successfully pass a test.
   
The DOT-required physicals for employees done at Physicians Quality Care meet the new standards, and its physicians are listed on the national registry of certified medical examiners. So, area employers will not have to search the registry to find a certified physician.

The new regulation is part of the FMCSA’s commitment to enhancing medical oversight of interstate drivers to reduce commercial vehicle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. The FMCSA may require more information from drivers with noncertified exams, such as letters from specialists or primary care providers.

Also, more testing may be required for drivers to achieve certification. For example, all drivers 35 and older who smoke must get a pulmonary function test that meets FMCSA’s requirements every two years.

Contact Physicians Quality Care OCCMed to make an appointment with a certified medical examiner.

OSHA to tighten silica levels

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to half permissible levels of silica exposure from 0.1 milligrams per cubic meter to 0.05 milligrams per cubic meter.

Silica — powdered quartz in particles small enough to be inhaled into the lungs — causes silicosis, which has no cure and makes it difficult for the people it afflicts to breathe. Silica also can cause lung cancer.

OSHA estimates that 2.2 million people in the United States are exposed to silica at work in occupations such as construction, sandblasting, mining, stone grinding, ceramic and glass manufacturing, and dentistry. The agency estimates the reduction in permissible levels of silica will annually save 700 lives and prevent 1,700 cases of silicosis.

Experts say respirators can be useful in short-term situations of high silica exposure. However, they say the preferred method of reducing exposure is to use fewer hazardous materials, ventilate work areas and use water-based methods so dust cannot escape into the air.

Questions? Contact Jennifer at jennifer@occmedjackson.com.

We can do whatever OSHA requires!

OCCMed is your source for all things you need to keep your company compliant. If OSHA requires it, we can do it. Our services include …

• On-site CAOHC-certified audiometry in our 10-person mobile unit
• DOT and non-DOT drug screening
• Hair-follicle drug screening
• Breath- and blood-alcohol testing
• DOT physicals
• Pre-employment physicals by a medical doctor
• Wellness physicals
• Pulmonary function testing
• Respirator fit testing
• OSHA respirator medical evaluations
• Health fairs
• Heavy metal testing
• Industrial hygiene: noise sampling, air sampling, dust sampling, etc.
• EKGs
• X-rays
• Nerve conduction studies
• Strength and agility testing
• Physical therapy