Iowa Medical Treatment: What you need to know

There are no state laws requiring employers to have a clinic at the worksite or to keep a doctor or nurse on call to treat workplace injuries. The Iowa Health and Safety Code has adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) workplace medical treatment requirements by reference. The law requires every employer to ensure that medical personnel are readily available for advice and consultation. When an infirmary, clinic, or hospital is not within close proximity to the workplace, an individual (or individuals) must be present during every work shift who is adequately trained to administer first aid. Employers are responsible for making decisions about the details of emergency medical care in their workplaces, depending upon the size, the kinds of hazards present, the history of accidents, and the costs of various options (29 CFR 1910.151).
There is a description of the basic elements of an effective medical treatment program and other information.
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Under Iowa's workers' compensation laws, employers are required to provide whatever treatment is necessary for workers injured on the job, including medical, surgical, nursing, and hospital services. Workers' compensation pays the costs of treatment without limitation.
In cases of exposure to harmful chemicals, there may be substance-specific measures beyond routine first aid that are recommended to counteract the effects of exposure. These can be found on the safety data sheets that employers are required to keep on file to satisfy state and federal hazard communication standards, commonly referred to as “worker right-to-know” laws. There is more information.

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