News & Noteworthy
IMA recognized as one of CNY’s Best Places to Work
Industrial Medical Associates, PC was recently acknowledged as one of CNY’s Best Places to Work for companies with 5-50 employees. IMA was one of only 12 companies to receive an award in this category and was the only occupational health clinic. Dr. Kevin Seeley and Tim Christman accepted IMA’s award at a special award ceremony in May presented by the Business Journal News Network and BizEventz.
New DOT regulations take effect 5/21/14
- Effective May 21, 2014, medical examiners performing physical exams for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must be trained and certified in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) physical qualification standards. Examiners who complete the training and pass the exam are included in an online directory on the National Registry web site.
IMA’s medical examiners are certified and listed in the FMCSA national registry:
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New York State DMV Medical Certification unit's guidelines on what to do if your medical certificate has expired
- For future reference, the NYS DMV asks that certificates be mailed in at least two weeks in advance of the previous certificate expiring in order to allow them time to process your documents.
You may choose to scan and email a copy of the medical examiners certificate to the NYS DMV dmv.sm.CDLMedCertUnit@dmv.ny.govor you may fax it to 518-486-4421. Email may be the best option at this time with the thousands of faxes trying to be sent in.
As the certificates are being received by the DMV they are being posted to the driver license electronic record within 10-15 business days.
You may still continue to drive commercially, until the date of the downgrade of your license, as long as you carry your valid medical examiner’s certificate on you.
It is in your best interest to verify that your documentation is posted to your license record prior to the date of the downgrade mentioned in your letter.
Drivers may check their own status on line using the “MyDMV” option at the following link https://my.dmv.ny.gov/CRM/. You must register for a MyDMV account to use this service by creating a user name and password.
In the future, if a driver’s certificate has expired, the driver will not permitted to drive commercially and that will prompt the license to be downgraded to a non commercial class license. The driver will be able to amend his/her license back to a CDL status as long as it is done within two years from the current license expiration date.
IMA will be ready
IMA’s staff of MD’s, PA’s, and Nurse Practitioners are well on their way to completing the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The implementation date is May 21, 2014. Medical Examiners at that time will ne required to electronically submit Form MCSA-5850 (Medical Examiners Certificate) on a monthly basis.
FMCSA and Transport Canada Launch Interactive Drive Fatigue Management Tool
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) and the Canadian government's Transport Canada have announced the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP),
a web site that provides training and education on commercial bus and truck driver fatigue management. NAFMP is an interactive web-based educational sand training program developed to
provide commercial truck and bus drivers and carriers with an awareness of the factors that contribute to fatigue and the impact of fatigue on the performance and safety. The program
available at http://www.nafmp.org, provides details on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue. It also provides
information on sleep disorders, screening, and treatment; driver and trip scheduling information; and information on fatigue management technologies.
FMCSA Announces Publication of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
- The final rule was displayed on April 18, 2012 on the FMCSA website. http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov
- The final rule was displayed on April 19, 2012 on the Federal Register website. http://www.federalregister.gov
- The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2012.
- FMCSA Press Release
- National Registry FAQ
- National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
For more information, please refer to the documents above or visit the National Registry Website at http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov
Approval of the Drug Testing Advisory Board Recommendations
- The DTAB recommends the inclusion of additional Schedule II prescription medications (e.g., oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone) in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.
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OSHA to Launch National Emphasis Program on Nursing Home and Residential Care Facilities
- This initiative will increase the number of inspections, focusing on back injuries associated with patient handling.
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Training Does Not Need to be Expensive
- OSHA e Tools
- OSHA provides interactive web-based training tools for various safety and health topics. You may find these tools f added value incorporated into your training programs.
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- 19A examinations performed by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant no longer require a co-signature by a physician or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to biennial examinations of bus drivers, became a law on July 20, 2011
Cigarette and alcohol use at historic low among teens
- Release December 14, 2011
- But NIDA's 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey also shows continued high levels of abuse of alternate tobacco products, marijuana and prescription drugs
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- Flu costs business and industry approximately 10.4 billion annually. The costs reflect hospitalization, out patient visits, absenteeism, and loss of productivity.
- Industrial Medical Associates can provide immunizations at your worksite or at our conviently located office.
- For availability and more detailed information, please contact Linda Salvatore RN @ 478-1977 x 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IMA now offers Online Authorizations!
- Employers. No more waiting, no more calling. You can now authorize pre-hire tests for your potential employees right from our website! Ask your representitive for details.
OSHA offers tips on working safely in hot weather
- WASHINGTON -- Those hot, hazy days of summer are approaching. The heat can be especially harmful for those who work outdoors in direct sunlight or in hot environments, making them susceptible to heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress, heat exhaustion or the more serious heat stroke.
- "Working in extreme temperatures is not only uncomfortable, it can be life-threatening," said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. "As we move into the summer months, it is important for workers and their employers to minimize the chances of heat-induced illnesses, and imperative that they recognize the signs of heat stress and take proper precautions to reduce the chances of illness or death."
For the full article, please click here to visit the OSHA website.