The purpose of the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program is to provide medical counseling to NIH employees regarding the adverse side effects associated with the exposure to airborne asbestos fibers and to encourage the use of respiratory protective devices. Employees enrolled in the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program are evaluated for their ability to safely utilize a respirator and are offered regular medical evaluations designed to detect the earliest clinical and radiographic evidence of asbestos-related lung disease.
The purpose of enrolling in the Hearing Conservation Program is to inform workers exposed to noise above the Permissible Exposure Level of the attendant health risks and steps they can take to minimize their risk of injury. Participants in the Hearing Conservation Program are recalled annually for audiometric testing to help detect a decline in auditory acuity resulting from work place noise exposures.
The purpose of the Tuberculosis Surveillance Program is to minimize the risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (mTB) and to provide evaluation, including testing, for workers who work with mycobacteria or are otherwise at risk for occupational exposure to mTB.