Our occupational health medicine specialists are dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of your staff. First Med is approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and we are skilled in the evaluation, treatment, and resolution of health conditions related to the workplace. First Med focuses on delivering prompt and high quality care to injured and ill employees. We strive to help employees recover in a timely manner, while keeping in mind reduced medical expenses and the maintenance of productivity levels for employers. Call Maureen Formica at 718-224-8855 ext 230 today to find out how we can meet your organization's occupational health needs. We are dedicated to providing care for one of your most valuable assets – your staff – seven days a week. Healthy employees are vital to the success of any business.
First Med Immediate Medical Care is a preferred occupational medicine vendor for a number of NYC agencies. All of our physicians are members of the DOT National Registry, and all of our collectors and technicians are certified. New York is one of many states that offers a mandatory discount on workers’ compensation insurance premiums for companies that achieve state certification as a drug-free workplace, so screenings can be particularly valuable for employers in the state.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that certain types of drivers must undergo regular physicals to ensure they can drive safely. Article 19 refers to special requirements for bus drivers in the state of New York. First Med has qualified medical examiners that can perform these services so that you can get your DOT physical form or Article 19-A form completed in an expedient and convenient manner.
Companies are within their rights to request a pre-employment physical before hiring a potential candidate. A physical exam can ensure that you are in good health and capable of performing the duties of the job. Some companies may also require physicals annually or for work-related travel.
This exam is mandated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for employees that may be exposed to hazardous materials on the job. Examples include workers who routinely handle hazardous waste for disposal, are exposed to blood-borne pathogens, or assist in the cleanup of chemical spills. Screening must take place on a regular basis. First Med can accommodate your busy schedule so that you can get back to work.
In accordance with federal compliance programs, companies may be required to provide exposure tests to their employees at no cost. OSHA sets standards for a permissible exposure level (PEL) of lead for workers at their place of employment. Additionally, worker exposure to asbestos hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for the construction industry, general industry, and shipyard employment sectors.
Vaccinations, Titers, and TB Skin Tests
We conveniently provide vaccinations, titers, and tuberculosis (TB) skin testing, which may be required for work or school. Vaccinations stimulate antibodies and provide immunity against one or more diseases. A titer is a laboratory test that measures the antibodies in the blood, and it may be used to prove immunity to disease. The TB Skin Test can determine whether a person has developed an immunity to TB.
If you are required to wear a respirator on the job, OSHA mandates that your employer must select an appropriate model that meets clearance and fit test guidelines. A clearance test ensures that you do not have any conditions that will prevent you from safely wearing your respirator. A fit test is performed to ensure that your respirator does not have any leaks that would allow exposure to pollutants.
Pulmonary Function Testing and EKGs
Occupational asthma and several other forms of workplace breathing problems are preventable. A pulmonary function test can detect lung problems for workers in places such as industrial plants or those who work with chemical and fertilizer products. An electrocardiogram (EKG) checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart, and may be included as part of an employee physical.
Audiograms/Hearing Conservation Programs
Occupational noise exposure is a significant health hazard. Hearing conservation programs are designed to protect the auditory health of employees and help employers avoid related workers' compensation claims. Audiograms provide a measurement of an employee’s hearing threshold to establish a baseline and provide data for subsequent comparisons. Auditory testing can also help educate employees about their hearing and the importance of protecting it. First Med is certified by the Council for accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).