Medical Oversight

Last updated: August 28, 2020

What Does Medical Oversight Mean?

Medical oversight, within the context of occupational health and safety, is the on-site physician supervision of any activity that involves medical treatment along with physician directed care including advice, review, and orders. During medical oversight, a physician is responsible for health policies, training, and quality control activities ensuring that the medical treatment administered or advice given follows safe practices.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Medical Oversight

In the context of occupational health and safety, medical oversight includes a series of training, policies, and orders that are intended to respond in out-of-hospital settings where emergency response is needed. A medical oversight supervises the medical aspects of a set system that is designed to provide the emergency care when required.

During a medical oversight, a physician acting as a medical director is responsible for:

  • Writing prescriptions needed
  • Approving guidelines for emergency response situations
  • Overseeing training
  • Evaluating data in the case of an event

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