Employee Medical File System Records (Not Job Related).
For current employees, records are located in a health unit or dispensary of the Federal Occupational Health (FOH), U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, or in a health unit or dispensary of another Federal or private sector entity which provides health services, under an interagency agreement or other contractual arrangement, to DOL employees. Medical records maintained by one of the latter entities may be considered the property of the entity providing care to the DOL employee; however, records maintained by FOH are considered the property of DOL.
For former employees, most records will be located in an Employee Medical Folder (EMF) stored at the National Personnel Records Center operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Agencies may retain some records on former employees for a limited time.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
Individuals covered are those of the following who have received voluntary employee health services provided by the agency under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7901:
a. Current and former DOL employees as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2105;
b. DOL contract employees and other visitors (including minors and employees of other Federal agencies) who may have received emergency care from the health unit or dispensary.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
This system is comprised of records developed as a result of the provision of voluntary employee health services offered by the agency under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7901. These records contain the following information:
a. Medical history and other biographical data on those employees requesting voluntary periodic health examinations;
b. Test reports and medical diagnoses based on voluntary periodic health examinations or voluntary health screening program tests (tests for single medical conditions or diseases);
c. History of complaint, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and illnesses cared for by the health unit or dispensary;
d. Vaccination records.
Note: Listed below are other types of medical records which are not covered by this system of records. Rather, they are covered by a government-wide system of records (OPM/GOVT-10), which is managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), even though the records are not in OPM's physical custody. The routine uses of such records are defined in the Privacy Act Notice for OPM/GOVT-10. Such records include:
a. Medical records, forms, and reports completed or obtained when an individual applies for a Federal job and is subsequently employed;
b. Medical records, forms and reports completed during employment as a condition of employment, either by the employing agency or by another State or local government entity, or a private sector entity under contract to the employing agency;
c. Records pertaining to and resulting from the testing of the employee for use of illegal drugs under Executive Order 12564. Such records may be retained by the agency (e.g., by the agency Medical Review Official) or by a contractor laboratory. This includes records of negative results, confirmed or unconfirmed positive test results, and documents related to the reasons for testing or other aspects of test results;
d. Reports of on-the-job injuries and medical records, forms, and reports generated as a result of the filing of a claim for Workers Compensation, whether the claim is accepted or not. (The official compensation claim file is not covered by the OPM system; rather, it is part of DOL s Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) system of records);
e. All other medical records, forms, and reports created on an employee during his/her period of employment, including any retained on a temporary basis and those designated for long-term retention (i.e., those retained for the entire duration of Federal service and for some period of time after), except that, records maintained by an agency dispensary are included in this system of records only when they are the result of a condition of employment or related to an on-the-job occurrence including, for example, records of the specialized health services made available to investigative personnel of the Wage-Hour Division, under interagency agreement between PHS and DOL s Employment Standards Administration.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
5 U.S.C. 7901 et seq., 5 C.F.R 293, and 5 C.F.R 297.
These records document the utilization and provision of voluntary employee health services authorized by 5 U.S.C. 7901.
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
The records and information in this system of records may be used as follows:
a. Disclosed to the Department of Justice when: 1.) DOL or any component thereof; or 2.) any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity; or 3.) the United States Government, is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, the agency determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation, and the use of such records by the Department of Justice is for a purpose that is compatible with the purpose for which the agency collected the records.
b. Disclosed in a proceeding before a court or adjudicative body, when: 1.) DOL or any component thereof; or 2.) any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity; or 3.) any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity; or 4.) the United States Government, is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, the agency determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation, and that the use of such records is a purpose that is compatible with the purpose for which the agency collected the records.
c. Used to refer information required by applicable law to be disclosed to a Federal, State, or local public health service agency, concerning individuals who have contracted certain communicable diseases or conditions. Such information is used to prevent further outbreak of the disease or condition.
d. Disclosed to the appropriate Federal, State, or local agency responsible for investigation of an accident, communicable disease, medical condition, or injury as required by pertinent legal authority.
e. Disclosed to the OWCP information in connection with a claim for benefits filed by an employee.
f. Disclosed to contractors providing medical or health counseling services to Department of Labor employees when such contractors have a need for the information in connection with their services. This would include medical or health personnel and employee assistance program (EAP) counselors.
DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Files are stored electronically and/or on paper.
Files are retrieved by the individual's name.
Access by authorized personnel only. Computer security safeguards are used for electronically stored data and locked locations for paper files. Records are retained for six (6) years after the date of last entry in accordance with OPM/GOVT-10.
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
Director, Safety and Health Center, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.
A request for access should be mailed to the System Manager.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:
A request for access should be mailed to the System Manager.
CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
A petition for amendment should be mailed to the System Manager.
RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
Information contained in this system is obtained from:
a. The individual to whom the information pertains;
b. Laboratory reports and test results;
c. Medical staff working in the health unit or dispensary who have examined, tested, or treated the individual;
d. The individual's co-workers or supervisors;
e. The individual's personal physician; and/or
f. Other Federal employee health units.
SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT: