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Wednesday, September 10 • 1:10pm - 3:10pm
1:10 pm - 3:10 pm W010 Chemical Hazards In Healthcare: Medical Surveillance And Intervention Strategies For A High Hazard Employment Sector (Advanced)

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Topic Overview:

It is counter-intuitive that the healthcare industry, whose mission is the care of the sick, is itself a "high-hazard" industry for the workers it employs. This employment sector consistently demonstrates poor injury and illness statistics, among the highest in the United States, while it employs more than 12% of the nation’s workforce. This suggests a large population at potential risk of health harm. While possessing every hazard class, with infectious agents the most typically considered, diverse and novel chemical hazards are also present, including sterilants and pharmaceuticals, such as highly toxic anti-cancer drugs. Using the classical industrial hygiene hierarchy of control technologies, novel and unique-to-the-sector hazards can be managed to mitigate risk. This presentation will describe the expanded role of administrative controls and policies, including medical surveillance and protective reassignment, in addressing hazardous drugs and other reproductive health threats. The approach to designing surveillance program content and implementation considerations will be described, and current regulation and best practice recommendations of government agencies and professional organizations will be reviewed.



  1. Identify the elements of the hierarchy of control technologies.            
  2. Describe examples of administrative controls useful in managing chemical hazards.
  3. Identify the purpose and aims of OSHA medical surveillance.
  1. Explain the policy of protective reassignment with application in healthcare.

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Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

Melissa A. McDiarmid received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, in Biological Sciences, her MD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and her MPH from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she also completed fellowship training in Occupational Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. McDiarmid was Director of the Office of Occupational... Read More →

Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:10pm - 3:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B3 3/F

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