[MCOH-EH] FW: re: Temp and contract workers

Brenda Kantner bkantner at schuylkillhealth.com
Thu Jul 24 11:09:44 PDT 2014

See below.


Brenda Kantner RN COHN-S/CM
Employee Health Coordinator
Schuylkill Medical Center
700 East Norwegian St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone 570-621-4351
Fax   570-621-4257
bkantner at schuylkillhealth.com



From: Adamo, Philip 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:09 AM
To: 'mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net'
Subject: re: Temp and contract workers



Hello all

As you know OSHA and JACHO require employers to treat temp workers and
apply same safety measures as regular employees. I would like to get a
sense on how your organization applies the pre-employment requirements
such as the collection and storage of the records.


We use a form with all the requirements (same as our employees) that we
send to the staffing agency and expect them to check off the completion
date and send the form when completed(HR staffing employment specialist)
with no supporting medical documents. If we need the documents in the
case of a JACHO inspection or exposure, they are expected to produce the
records within an hour. I have some concerns about this. There are gaps
and in some cases we do not know there are contractors in the clinical
areas. Some work for a couple of days and some work for more than a year
and everything in between.


1.                               What is the process at your
institution? We have contracted employees, volunteers, externs, students
and observers. Employee Health provides immunization review for all in
addition to employees. The requirements are pretty much the same except
one TST for Jr Volunteers.(under 18 years old) All others require
two-step TST.  

2.                               If data is collected where is it
stored? Employee Health maintains immunization records only. Supporting
medical documents are only required for employees and volunteers. All
others just complete a form to record dates. (attached)  

3.                               What do you do in the event of an
exposure and how are those temp workers identified? They do not
routinely come through Employee Health. Industrial Medicine or ER.

4.                               We perform drug testing pre-placement
for our employees and this is required of the temp agencies to obtain.
What about contractors(such as maintenance workers, project workers) who
come in for a few days. Do you require drug testing? No.

5.                               For annual TB surveillance do you
include them for compliance to Infection Control? no


Thanks for your assistance with this.


Be well and be safe




Philip Adamo, M.D., MPH, FACOEM

Associate Vice President and 

Medical Director, Employee Health &

Occupational Injury Care and Wellness

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Hahnemann Campus Suite 201

291 Lincoln Street

Worcester, MA 01605

Phone: 508-334-6179 

FAX: 508-334-6433 

cell 508-713-3993 

philip.adamo at umassmemorial.org <mailto:philip.adamo at umassmemorial.org> 


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