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HAZMAT and HAZWOPER Physicals
HAZMAT and HAZWOPER Physicals are similar and both are required by OSHA, but the requirements for these physicals applies to employees working in certain conditions.
In very basic terms, Hazmat and Hazwoper physicals are necessary for employees that are exposed to hazardous materials, such as:
- toxic chemicals
- toxic waste
- nuclear waste
- chemical and/or radioactive material
Differences between HAZMAT Physicals and HAZWOPER Physicals
What is a HAZMAT physical?
A HAZMAT physical is required by OSHA for employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals or other materials that could cause health problems.
Most HAZMAT physicals are required to be performed annually, unless determined otherwise by a physician. This ensures that there have been no changes to the employee’s health that would put them at increased risk if exposed to hazardous materials.
What is a HAZWOPER physical?
A HAZWOPER physical is required by OSHA for employees who are:
- Exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards above the permissible exposure levels (PELs) set by OSHA
- Wear a respirator for 30 days or more a year
- Become sick from possible overexposure or
- Work on a HAZMAT team.
These physicals are required before the employee starts their assignment, after they complete their assignment, and annually throughout their assignment.
This type of physical focuses on how potential overexposure is impacting different parts of the body.
What is a HAZMAT or HAZWOPER Physical?
HAZMAT and HAZWOPER Physicals consist of a number of tests
During a HAZMAT and HAZWOPER physical, a Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant will perform a physical exam on the employee as well as review the employer’s notes that detail the patient’s job description and level of exposure to hazardous materials.
The physical exam may include some or all of the following components with a special focus on any prior/potential exposure to hazardous materials:
How do we perform this service?
CNS Occupational Medicine will complete all testing at the employer’s worksite and have training and counseling options available to meet your needs (all services provided in a variety of languages).
In most cases, the employee will receive the results of their medical evaluation the same day as their physical. In addition, the employer will also be given a written medical opinion by the medical provider, as required by OSHA, prior to CNS Occupational Medicine leaving your worksite.
All testing will be performed by trained technicians, nurses, Physician’s and Advanced Practice Providers (NPs and PAs).
The mobile medical unit is deployed for this service at a worksite.
Employees will be comfortably interviewed, screened and tested in the exam rooms within the mobile unit by a PLHCP, trained nurses, medical assistants, spirometry and hearing conservation technicians.
All testing that may be required is available within the mobile unit.
Employees and employers will receive a medical clearance determination or written medical opinion at the time of their physical.
Employees will be back to work within 1-1 ½ hours.
Develop a Medical Strategy
Our Occupational Medicine Team will develop a custom plan for your company. You may need a combination of services like physicals, COVID-19 testing, and drug testing, and you may also need these services performed on-site.
Contact our medical team to Develop your custom plan.
We offer many different COVID-19 related services, including pre-shift and pre-employment screenings, rapid antigen tests, PCR tests, and antibody testing. Our medical staff is among the most professional and knowledgeable in the industry.