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Chicago Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health services help keep the workplace—employers and employees included—healthy, safe, and in compliance with related laws. In Chicago, occupational health services help employers stay in compliance and are crucial to their protection, as well as the protection of their employees. Having a workplace occupational health program in place protects employees from on-the-job injuries by using pre-placement drug testing, physical exams, and other preventative measures, such as vaccinations or titer testing.

In 2009, Chicago and the state of Illinois adopted the Illinois State Plan, administered by the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the Illinois Department of Labor. Illinois OSHA enforces Chicago occupational health and safety, and covers all state and local government workers, but not federal workers, who are covered by federal OSHA laws. Illinois OSHA has adopted OSHA standards for general industries, shipyards, and construction. In addition, the Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program is available for private sectors and state and local government employers. The program reduces injuries, fatalities, and illness in the workplace.

Health Street offers a variety of Chicago 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 (312) 260-1147.

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Chicago Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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The (820 ILCS 219/) Occupational Safety and Health Act protects the health and safety of workers in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Act requires public employers to protect the lives, health, and safety of workers by providing them with a workplace free from known hazards. It also mandates that public employers inform their employees of workplace hazards, precautions, symptoms, and emergency procedures.
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According to Section 696.140, healthcare workers and those in residential care settings that serve high-risk patients must undergo Tuberculosis (TB) screening, or TB testing, within seven days of being employed. Employees (and inmates) in correctional facilities must undergo TB testing in accordance with CDC guidelines. Daycare workers and those in pre-school settings must also undergo TB testing within seven days of becoming employed. Workers at high risk for TB should be screened for their own safety and to prevent outbreaks of this disease in the workplace.
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City of Chicago, IL employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be employed. This includes the city of Chicago employees, contractors, and vendors in contact with, or working close to city employees. The city of Chicago requires the COVID-19 vaccination to protect the health of its employees.
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Chicago employers are required to follow OSHA’s respiratory protection standard for all employees that wear respirators. The standard promotes the more effective use of respirators and improves employee health. Employers must adopt a program that clarifies specific procedures as to how respirators are selected, fitted, used, and maintained in the workplace. The Respiratory Protection Program is to be established whenever OSHA or the employer requires employees to wear a respirator.
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Although marijuana became legal in Illinois (410 ILCS 705/), employers in Chicago and the state of Illinois can still drug test as a condition of employment. There are no laws stopping employers from drug testing in Illinois. Employers choosing to adopt a drug-free workplace must develop clear drug testing policies and ensure a copy of the policy gets to each employee. Drug testing of staff ensures Chicago workplace health and safety for the employer and the employees.
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.

Chicago Antibody Testing

The COVID-19 Antibody Test checks for antibodies in a person’s blood that protect against SARS-CoV-2. Use this test to determine if Chicago employees have previously recovered from COVID-19 or received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hepatitis A infections can be spread via water, food, and close contact with individuals who are infected. Although it can be prevented by vaccination, people who are not vaccinated against Hepatitis A and do not have the antibodies to protect against this virus may be at risk for liver infections. If proof of Hepatitis A immunity is required for an employer in Chicago, this antibody test can be ordered.

Individuals who do not have antibodies that protect against Hepatitis B may be at risk for serious or even fatal liver infection. This virus can be contracted from bodily fluids, such as blood or semen. The Hepatitis B Antibody Test can determine if a person has immunity against this virus.

Similar to Hepatitis A and B, Hepatitis C infections can also result in complications with the liver. Hepatitis C infection is spread via blood, and therefore is most often a result of using contaminated equipment (such as needles). For people who need proof of Hepatitis C immunity or are unsure of their vaccination status, the Hepatitis C Antibody Test can detect the appropriate antibodies in the blood.

Left untreated, some hepatitis infections can cause liver damage, inflammation, and other serious health complications. The below bundle tests a person’s blood for immunity against all three types of hepatitis viruses.

MMR antibody testing is used to determine if a person has immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella.

More commonly known as Chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus is a highly contagious virus that can be easily spread via air, skin, saliva, and surfaces. Since infection or vaccination frequently occurs at a young age, individuals may be unsure of their vaccination status. This test can be used to confirm whether a person has antibodies against the varicella virus.

This is a package deal that covers a wide range of antibody testing, 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 in Chicago who are 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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“Illinois State Plan.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/il
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“IL On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program.” Illinois Department of Labor, https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/safety/Consultation/Pages/default.aspx
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“(820 ILCS 219/) Occupational Safety and Health Act.” Illinois General Assembly, https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3572&ChapterID=68
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“Section 696.140 Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) and Active Tuberculosis (TB) Disease.” Illinois General Assembly, https://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077006960b01400r.html
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“City of Chicago Employee Vaccination Policy.” City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dhr/supp_info/city-of-chicago-employee-vaccination-policy.html
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“Who Should Be Tested.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/whobetested.htm
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“Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/3384small-entity-for-respiratory-protection-standard-rev.pdf
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“(410 ILCS 705/) Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.” Illinois General Assembly, https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=3992&ChapterID=35