Five more short OSHA Q&As

By: May 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

If you are into brevity, meaning the 140 characters and spaces imposed by Twitter,  here are additional OSHA-related questions and answers on titers, waivers and recordkeeping.

Q: Is a titer required after the hepatitis B vaccination?
A: Yes, it has been since 2001.

Q: Will OSHA accept an employee-signed waiver for not using required PPE?
A: No.

Q: Will OSHA accept an employee-signed declination for not accepting the hepatitis B vaccination?
A: Yes.

Q: How long for retention of OSHA training records?
A: Three years.

Q: How long for retention of OSHA exposure records?
A: Duration of employment plus 30 years.

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Comments

By Terry Long on May 25th, 2010 at 11:14 am

How long for retention of Employee Health records, including titres, lab testing, physicals, respiratory fit testing, no exposure records included?

By David LaHoda on May 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Titers, lab testing, and physicals are considered employee medical records which must be retained for the duration of employment plus 30 years, according to OSHA’s Access to Medical and Exposure Records.

Respirator fit testing is not considered a medical record and there is no requirement to maintain other than the most recent or annual fit test while the worker is employed, according to the OSHA interpretation letter Maintenance of medical evaluation and fit test records as required by the Respiratory Protection Standard.

 

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