Final medical examination
A final medical examination should be carried out by the registered medical practitioner and may include:
- medical history
- physical examination
- referral for another chest X-ray or CT.
The choice of imaging modality for the final medical examination should be consistent with the most recent form of imaging the worker had under the health monitoring program.
Workers with health conditions or continuing symptoms due to crystalline silica exposure should be advised to seek continuing medical examinations as organised by the registered medical practitioner supervising the health monitoring program.
A health monitoring report from the registered medical practitioner should be provided to the PCBU as soon as practicable after the completion of the monitoring program, and at regular intervals for longer term or ongoing health monitoring processes. The report must include:
- the name and date of birth of the worker
- the name and registration number of the registered medical practitioner
- the name and address of the PCBU who commissioned the health monitoring
- the date of the health monitoring
- any test results that indicate whether or not the worker has been exposed to a hazardous chemical
- any advice that test results indicate that the worker may have contracted an injury, illness or disease as a result of carrying out the work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring
- any recommendation that the PCBU take remedial measures, including whether the worker can continue to carry out the type of work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring, and
- whether medical counselling is required for the worker in relation to the work that triggered the requirement for health monitoring.