Prevention Strategies Preplacement Physical Examination

Preplacement examinations are useful in two ways: (1) making an inventory of the skin problems the worker has before beginning a task, and (2)

identifying conditions that may preclude working at a specific job task. It may be impossible to exclude a given employee from a task due to legal or political restrictions. Therefore, the preplacement physical examination can identify the problems a prospective employee has and recommend specific control measures designed to keep from making it worse. An example of a condition that may preclude working at a specific job task is chronic eczema in a person applying to work with garlic and other crops that produce allergic responses (8,9).

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