Medical Surveillance (Regulation)

The Regulation relating to Medical Surveillance at Work (Verordnung über die Gesundheitsüberwachung am Arbeitsplatz, VGÜ, of 2008) applies to the employment of workers who have to undergo medical examinations within the meaning of Part Five of the Labour Protection Act (ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz, ASchG).
The Regulation provides, in particular, for the following:
  • Aptitude tests and follow-up examinations for employees who are exposed to one of the influences listed in Annex One (i.e. benzene, manganese, lead, etc.) for more than one hour per working day
  • Aptitude tests and follow-up examinations for employees who have to wear respiratory protective equipment weighing more than 5 kg for more than 30 minutes per working day, in performing gas rescue service work or working at high-temperature workplaces within the meaning of the Heavy Night Work Act (Nachtschwerarbeitergesetz, NSchG)
  • Medical examinations for workers exposed to noise, i.e. to a level of more than 85 dB(A) during a working day
  • Certain voluntary examinations if workers are exposed to any of the substances listed in Section Five of the Regulation or if they do night work within the meaning of Section 5, para 2
  • Time of aptitude tests (Section 6) and intervals between follow-up checks or repeated examinations (Annex One)
  • Employment ban if the risk of the outbreak of an occupational disease exists (Section 7)
  • Provision of information to workers

Annex Two gives guidelines concerning these examinations and primarily addresses doctors performing these.