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Appendix 10-4

Appendix 10-4

APPENDIX 10-4

EVALUATING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Whether you choose to employ professional health care personnel or to contract with outside vendors, it is important to evaluate their qualifications.  Remember that occupational health professionals are people selling a service. You should use the same smart consumer skills with physicians and registered nurses that you apply to anyone who is trying to sell you something.

Here are some questions to ask prospective professional health care providers:

  • What type of training has the health care provider had?
    • Physicians:
      • Graduation date - note all degrees;
      • Request a copy of current MD or DO license;
      • Types of specialization certification;
      • Years of experience in occupational medicine; and
      • Titles of continuing education courses taken in the last two years.
    • Registered Nurses:
      • Graduation date - type of degree;
      • Graduate degrees;
      • Types of specialization certification;
      • Years of experience in occupational health;
      • Titles of continuing education courses taken in the last two years; and
      • Copy of current RN license.
  • In what type of industries has the prospective health care provider had experience?
  • What kind of information does the prospective health care provider want to know about your business? A prospective health care provider should ask questions about the following:
    • Your work processes;
    • Your known of potential hazards;
    • Your facilities, type and location;
    • Number of employees;
    • Standards and/or regulations that apply in your business;
    • Health surveillance programs, current or past;
    • Collective bargaining contracts;
    • Any previously issued OSHA citations;
    • Existence and specifics of a safety and health policy;
    • Current method of providing OHDS services; and
    • Other health care providers involved in providing services.
  • What does this provider know about OSHA recordkeeping requirements?
  • Given the above information, what would this provider do to contribute to the improvement of your safety and health program?
  • Can this provider provide references?
  • Has there ever been an OSHA inspection in a facility with which this provider was associated? What was the outcome of that inspection?