Last Updated: June 28, 2018

Definition - What does Confidentiality mean?

Confidentiality, within the context of occupational health and safety, includes a set of rules or barriers that limit general access to a certain type of employee health and wellness information. In occupational health, confidentiality refers to the privacy of health records regarding employers and health information in the workplace.

WorkplaceTesting explains Confidentiality

Confidentiality of health records require that health care providers and their associated develop a series of protection procedures that will guarantee the confidentiality and security of protected health information (PHI) whenever this is handled or shared. The confidentiality of these records should be protected in all forms of information transmission including paper, oral, electronic, and any other form. Employers are not excluded from receiving or retrieving health information regarding their workers, but are limited to only the minimum information necessary to conduct business through laws and statutes such as HIPAA.

This definition was written in the context of Occupational Health and Safety
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