Asbestos screening

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that employers comply with safety and health standards as set forth by the federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. To comply with these standards employers must provide medical examinations for workers in identified work classifications who meet specific asbestos exposure levels.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Northwell Health provides OSHA compliant medical screenings for asbestos related conditions. Call us for further information.

For further information on OSHA standards for medical screenings, refer to this fact sheet.

What asbestos related conditions are we screening for?

 

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name that is given to a group of naturally occurring minerals used in certain products, such as building materials and vehicle brakes, which are intended to resist heat and corrosion. Asbestos includes materials such as chrysotile, amosite, tremolite asbestos, crocidolite, anthophyllite asbestos, actinolite asbestos, and any of these materials that have been altered or chemically treated. Asbestos particles are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Dangers of asbestos exposure

The inhalation of asbestos fibers by workers can cause a number of serious diseases of the lungs and other organs. Asbestos can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs, resulting in a loss of lung function that may progress to disability and death. These diseases may not appear until years after exposure has occurred.