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Boston Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health regulations are critical for keeping employees safe and protecting employers from liability. By following Boston workplace health guidelines, employers can do their part in preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the workplace and minimize injuries and deaths caused by hazardous working conditions. To avoid compliance violations, it’s important for employers to fully understand and adhere to all Boston occupational health laws, regulations, and guidelines.

Employees should also remain aware of Boston occupational health regulations and guidelines. Adhering to them is one of the best ways to ensure a safe and healthy working environment. This will also help avoid workplace injuries and illnesses and ensure employees do not unintentionally create unnecessary hazards for their fellow workers. Understanding how to take advantage of Boston occupational health services can also help protect you from unnecessary risks and provide convenient and free access to vaccinations and other services.

The City of Boston has provided a variety of laws, mandates, and guidelines to help ensure occupational safety across a variety of fields. For example, as part of the Workforce Development Initiative of Boston’s Department of Youth Services, all final candidates into direct care positions must submit to pre-employment screenings that include drug testing, a physical examination, fitness for duty screening, and a physical abilities test. The purpose of this screening is to improve workplace safety by ensuring every employee is physically able to perform the duties of the job.

In addition, in 2006, Section 61A of Massachusetts Code Chapter 31 established initial health and physical fitness standards for firefighters and police officers in all cities, towns, and governmental units.

More recently, the state of Massachusetts addressed occupational health issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing Emergency Order No. 2021-4 in August of 2021 and Emergency Order No. 2022-001 in January of 2022. These orders required COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for the bulk of healthcare workers in the state. Executive Order No. 595, issued in August of 2021, also required all Executive Department employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by a specified deadline.

Health Street offers a variety of Boston occupational health services. Simply click the button below to register online. If you would like to schedule your appointment via phone or have any questions, please reach us at (617) 863-9118.

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Boston Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Massachusetts General Law c. 31 § 61A – requires specific health and physical fitness standards for all police officers and firefighters in cities, towns, and other governmental units, regardless of position. Requirements include the administration of a mandatory physical abilities test and a specific medical examination process.
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Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-4 – requires all employees at skilled nursing facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 10, 2021. Later expanded to require the vaccine for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, and home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services.
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Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-1 – requires all employees of long-term care facilities, hospice programs, assisted living residences, and home care services to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 28, 2022.
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Executive Order No. 595 – requires all Executive Department employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by October 17, 2021.
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.

Boston Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Boston. 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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“DYS Pre-Screening for Job Opportunities.” Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, https://www.mass.gov/service-details/dys-pre-screening-for-job-opportunities
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“Section 61A: Police officer and firefighter health and physical fitness standards.” Massachusetts Legislature, https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleIV/Chapter31/Section61A
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“Long-Term Care Facilities – COVID-19 Personnel Vaccination Requirement.” Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 14 January 2022, https://www.mass.gov/doc/updated-long-term-care-covid-19-personnel-vaccination-requirement/download
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“COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-4.” Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 4 August 2021, https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-of-the-commissioner-of-public-health-regarding-the-requirement-for-nursing-home-personnel-to-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19/download
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“Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expanded Vaccine Requirement for Long-Term Care Providers and Home Care Workers.” Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services, 1 September 2021, https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-expanded-vaccine-requirement-for-long-term-care-providers-and-home-care-workers
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“COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-01.” Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 6 January 2022, https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-of-the-commissioner-of-public-health-covid-19-public-health-emergency-order-no-2022-01/download
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“Executive Order No. 595 – Implementing a Requirement for COVID-19 Vaccination for the Commonwealth’s Executive Department Employees.” Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 19 August 2021, https://www.mass.gov/doc/august-19-2021-executive-department-employee-vaccination-order/download