We provide HAZMAT physicals without an appointment. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates these exams for employees who may have been exposed to hazardous materials on the job. These include workers who routinely handle hazardous waste for disposal, are exposed to blood-borne pathogens, or assist in the cleanup of chemical spills. Employees must have these screenings on an annual basis. The physicians at First Med urgent care centers are qualified to perform HAZMAT physicals at either of our clinics in Glendale or Flushing, NY, and will work with your schedule to have you in and out quickly.
All employees who work with hazardous materials will need a physical before they begin work to establish their baseline health.
Why HAZMAT Physicals Are Required
Workers who routinely work around hazardous materials need to undergo this regular exam to ensure their safety and continued health. Hazardous materials can cause a number of health problems, such as irritation to the skin and mucus membranes, impairment of the liver and kidneys, and respiratory or cardiovascular problems. Exposure to these materials may happen directly or indirectly. Examples of direct contact include accidental ingestion, inhalation, and contact with the skin. Indirect exposure can come from handling contaminated items such as tools or clothes.
The HAZMAT exam also helps companies identify employees who may have difficulty performing their jobs safely. Some workers may have pulmonary issues which compromise their ability to use respirators, while others may find themselves unable to work in extreme temperatures. The doctors can also identify pre-existing conditions that may worsen when exposed to certain hazardous materials.
We can provide a HAZMAT exam without an appointment.
Who Needs HAZMAT Physicals?
OSHA guidelines detail several designations of employees required to undergo a regular HAZMAT physical. All employees who will work with hazardous materials will need a physical before they begin, to establish their baseline health. Doctors can compare subsequent physical exams to these baseline exams to determine any changes in the employee’s health. Employees will need annual exams performed if their exposure to a hazardous material exceeds the permissible exposure limit for that material by more than 30 days a year.
Members of HAZMAT teams that respond to chemical spills and other hazardous material spills will need annual exams as well. Finally, any employee who has actually suffered effects from exposure to a hazardous material will need an exam. Employees who receive transfers to positions that remove them from exposure, and those who have their employment terminated, will need to have an exit exam if they have not had a physical in the last six months.
What Happens during a HAZMAT Physical?
When you come in for a HAZMAT physical, our physician will begin with a review of your medical and work history. Your employer will provide us with your job description, the level of exposure to hazardous materials you have had in the past and will have in the future, and any previous medical records. The doctor will pay special attention to any prior exposure to hazardous materials, and any illnesses caused by such exposure.
You will undergo a regular physical exam, and we will take blood and urine samples to check for signs of heavy metal exposure and ensure your organs function properly. The doctor will test your hearing and check the function of your lungs with a spirometry test. We will take digital x-rays of your chest and perform an EKG to check the function of your heart. Finally, you will have testing done for Hepatitis B and receive the vaccination.
Call Us Today
We take the safety and health of our patients very seriously. If you work with hazardous materials, we will provide a thorough examination and make sure you remain in good health. Call or come by one of our offices today and we will perform your HAZMAT physical with no appointment necessary.