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Birmingham Occupational Health Services

Since the state of Alabama does not have its own occupational safety administration, Birmingham occupational health rules are primarily dictated by federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) guidelines, as well as by state and local law.

Carefully following workplace health guidelines can create significant benefits for both employers and employees. For employers, ensuring compliance can help limit liability if a job-related injury, illness, or death occurs. In addition, creating a safe and healthy workplace can improve employee morale and reduce both sick calls and workers’ compensation claims.

Employees who understand and follow Birmingham occupational health rules are less likely to suffer from a work-related injury or illness and can also avoid unintentionally creating an unsafe working environment for their co-workers. It’s also important that employees know how to report unsafe working conditions, so they can be resolved before a serious incident arises.

Employees wishing to access Birmingham occupational health services can reach out to the federal OSHA Birmingham regional office, located in the Medical Forum Building at 950 22nd Street in Birmingham.

Some Birmingham workplace health requirements are designed to confirm that a candidate for employment is physically fit enough to perform the duties of the job. This can help prevent on-the-job injuries and reduce the chances that an unfit employee could unintentionally create a dangerous situation for his or her coworkers.

For example, the Birmingham Police Department requires a pre-employment physical fitness screening, as well as a medical examination and a psychological screening.

Other occupational health regulations are designed to protect employees from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases during the course of their work and prevent them from spreading these diseases to others. For example, Admin. Code r. 420-5-7-.06 requires hospitals to establish employee vaccination requirements that are consistent with federal guidelines, including requiring an annual influenza vaccine.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting vaccination mandates, officials found the need to address a new set of workplace occupational health issues. On October 25, 2021, the governor of Alabama issued Executive Order 724, directing state agencies to oppose “over-reaching” federal vaccine mandates by refusing to impose penalties for non-compliance. On November 4, 2021, Senate Bill 9 was signed into law, prohibiting employers from mandating vaccines without religious and medical exemptions and providing employees who were denied exemptions with the opportunity to appeal.

To register for Birmingham occupational health services online, simply click the button below. We are also available via phone to assist you with scheduling or to answer any questions at (205) 526-4194.

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Birmingham Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Admin. Code r. 420-5-7-.06 – requires each hospital within the state to establish employee vaccination requirements that are consistent with the current recommendations of the federal Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) and federal OSHA. This included a requirement for annual influenza vaccinations.
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Senate Bill 9 – prohibits employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees unless they offer an exemption for religious or medical reasons. Also allows employees who have been denied an exemption request to submit an appeal to the Department of Labor and prohibits the termination of said employees until a final ruling is issued by an administrative judge or court.
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Executive Order 724 – directs state agencies within the executive branch to oppose federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates by not imposing penalties on any businesses or individuals for non-compliance.
The information provided on this page is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be used in place of legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.

Birmingham Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Birmingham. The COVID-19 Antibody Test is performed by a simple blood draw to check for antibodies that protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that can be spread via food, water, or close contact with individuals who are infected. Although there is not currently a cure for hepatitis A, vaccination can prevent infection. The Hepatitis A Antibody Test can identify whether a person has immunity against this virus.

The hepatitis B virus can be spread via blood or semen, and can lead to serious and even chronic liver infections. The Hepatitis B Antibody Test can check a person’s blood for immunity against this virus.

Most often spread through blood or contaminated needles, hepatitis C can also result in adverse effects on the liver. Left untreated, a hepatitis C infection can create serious health issues. Use this antibody test to check for immunity against hepatitis C.

The below option is a package deal that checks for immunity against hepatitis A, B, and C all from one simple blood draw. These viruses can all attack the liver and lead to inflammation or more serious complications.

The MMR Titer is used to determine if an individual has immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella.

The varicella-zoster virus, or Chickenpox, is known to be a highly contagious virus that causes a red, itchy rash on the skin. Since infection or vaccination often happens at a young age, individuals may be unsure of their immunity. This antibody test can be used to determine immunity against the varicella virus.

This is a bundle of antibody tests that covers a wide range of antibodies, including varicella (Chickenpox), measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B.

As our most comprehensive package for antibody testing, this option is a great choice for people looking for proof of immunity or for more information about their vaccination status. The Total Antibody Package includes antibody testing for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, varicella (Chickenpox), measles, mumps, and rubella.

Citations

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“OSHA Offices by State: Alabama.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/AL/areaoffice
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“Join the Team.” Birmingham Police Department, https://police.birminghamal.gov/join-the-team/
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“Chapter 420-5-7 Hospitals.” Alabama Administrative Code, http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/docs/hlth/420-5-7.pdf
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“SB9.” Alabama State Legislature, http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/2021SS/PrintFiles/SB9-enr.pdf
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“Executive Order 724.” Office of the Governor, State of Alabama, https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2021/10/executive-order-724/