Curtis Chambers provides an excellent reminder about that standard in the current edition of the OSHA Training blog.
The standard, OSHA 1910.1020, imposes two requirements on employers:
A) Maintain certain exposure records (including old MSDSs) and/or written programs for 30 years, and certain medical records for the duration of an affected worker’s employment plus 30 years; and,
B) Notify affected employees when they first start work and at least annually thereafter of the existence of these records and their availability to the worker or their designated representative (e.g.: authorized union representative; an attorney or other person to whom the employee has given specific written consent to exercise a right of access).
Included, among others, are records of air surveys, noise surveys, employee medical examinations prior to wearing a respirator, biological or medical monitoring due to work with a hazardous chemical or substance, and development by an employer of an exposure control plan under OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard.
Curtis’s blog post does a nice of recapping some of the nuances of this standard along with some tips for compliance. It’s a good reminder that keeping in compliance with OSHA requires continual vigilance.
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