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According to Law 3850/2010, all enterprises employing over 50 workers and enterprises of even one employee, where such operations are associated with lead (P.D. 94/1987), asbestos (P.D.70a/1988) carcinogens (P.D.399/1994) and biological factors (P.D.186/1995), have an obligation of employment an Occupational Physician (OP).

The function of OP under the law (Law 3850/2010, Law 3144/2003) may exercise the doctors who own and carry the specialty of occupational medicine, as evidenced by the relevant medical association. Exceptionally tasks of an OP have a right to perform:

  • Physicians without specialty, which at the publication of N.3144/2003 have signed OP service contracts with businesses and show the performance of these tasks continuously for at least seven years.
  • The doctors who at the publication of Law 3144/2003 as amended by Law 3227/2004, perform tasks of an OP without holding or carrying the title of the specialty of occupational medicine, but the title of another specialty, and other specialties physicians who make and execute OP tasks until the deadline for filing the application to acquire the specialty of occupational medicine.

The time employed an Occupational Physician on a company is determined by the legislation (P.D. 294/1988, Law 3850/2010).

Under the legislation the "OP gives the employer instructions and advice, written or oral, concerning measures to be taken for physical and mental health of employees".

The work of the Occupational Physician is to advice and audit, and his obligations do not affect the employer's liability principle.

The Occupational Physician in collaboration with the Safety Officer:

  • Provides information, advice, instruction and guidance on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) issues to the employer, the company's management and heads of departments, employees (personally or in group) and the Employee's Health and Safety Committee or the employee's representatives.
  • Inspects the working sites, oversees the implementation of measures in order to protect employee's health and to prevent accidents and dangerous incidents.
  • Prepares - compiles the Occupational Risk Assessment, according to applicable laws.
  • Ensures that the employees meet the hygiene and safety at work rules, informs and guides them to avoid any risks/ dangers their job has.
  • Participates in the preparation and implementation of training programs for workers on OHS issues.
  • Is informed by the employer for new tools, materials, equipment, facilities and procedures that may affect health and safety of employees and provides advice before deciding to install and operate them.
  • Ensures that any work environment's factors are measured in order to propose appropriate measures.
  • Advises for the right choice and ensures the correct use of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Collaborates with the Employee's Health and Safety Committee and participates its meetings.

The Occupational Physician must collaborate with the safety Officer and the employee's representatives, has moral independence in the employer and the employees at the exercise of his work, while has the obligation of confidentiality.

Process Engineering collaborators (physicians, doctors of other specialties, etc.) have important experience in the provision of occupational Physician's services, and are qualified for the exercise of such duties for all kinds' enterprises and activities.

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