Asbestos Testing Services

Asbestos Physical Exam

A naturally occurring mineral called asbestos which is used as an insulation material and fire-retardant, when inhaled in large amounts in fiber or dust form, can cause scarring of lung tissue – a condition called asbestosis1. Learn more about asbestosis here.

Asbestos has been commonly used in products, such as insulation for pipes (for example steam lines), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Workers in the construction industry or ship repair can suffer heavy exposure, especially during removal of asbestos materials for the purpose of renovation, repairs, or demolition. Some exposure can also happen when manufacturing asbestos products like textiles, insulation, and other building materials and also during automotive brake and clutch repairs2,3. Learn more about asbestos from OSHA and CDC.

According to OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1001, all employers are required to institute a medical surveillance program for all employees exposed to airborne concentrations of asbestos at or above the permissible exposure limit (PEL) or excursion limit (EL).

The OSHA asbestos physical exam has to be performed annually by a licensed physician. The chest x-ray part of the asbestos physical exam has to be conducted every five years within the first ten years of exposure, after which it depends on the age of the employee. Employers are also required to keep accurate records of exposure measurements for at least 30 years.

The Asbestos Physical Exam consist of:

  • Medical and Occupational History Review 
  • Physical Examination - A physical examination of the employee focusing on the respiratory system
  • Chest X-Ray with B Reader - A chest X-ray with interpretation by a certified B-reader
  • Pulmonary Function & Spirometry Test
  • OSHA Respirator Medical Questionnaire
  • Any other suitable tests that are recommended by the physician.

My Medical Clinic can deliver Asbestos Testing Services at your work location in order to help save time for your employees.

Sources:

1 “Learn About Asbestosis” American Lung Association, 24 March 2020, https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asbestosis/learn-about-asbestosis. Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

2 “Asbestos” UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/. Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

3 “ASBESTOS” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 16 March 2012, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/asbestos/default.html. Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

To learn more about our Asbestos Testing services, get in touch with My Medical Clinic at 651.340.1445 in Maplewood and 651.398.8274 in Plymouth. For your convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form to arrange your one-on-one consultation. Our asbestos testing patients come to us from Maplewood, Plymouth, White Bear Lake, Roseville, Vadnais Heights, North St. Paul, Hugo, Woodbury, Oakdale, Little Canada, St. Paul, South St. Paul, Stillwater, Lino Lakes, Forest Lake, New Brighton, Shoreview, North Oaks, Lake Elmo, Gem Lake, Arden Hills, Mahtomedi, Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis, West St. Paul, and nearby Twin Cities areas.