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Dallas Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health laws protect employers and help them protect their workers from accidents, injuries, hazardous chemical exposures, and communicable diseases. Dallas workplace occupational health is critical for employers in high-risk industries like healthcare, construction, and transportation, to ensure employees are provided with safety equipment and personal protective equipment, safe equipment and machines, safety education, and protection from harmful chemicals. Texas does not have its own occupational safety plan, so employers must follow federal guidelines for health and safety in the workplace in private sector workplaces. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to adapt to standards set by OSHA to ensure a safe workplace. Compliance with these regulations helps to prevent workplace accidents, injuries, absences and keeps costs to a minimum for employers.

Although Dallas does not have its own workplace occupational health plan, Texas offers laws regarding workplace safety and health that offer further protection to employers and employees.

Health Street offers a variety of Dallas 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 (214) 530-5301.

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Dallas Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Dallas occupational health services require employers to report certain communicable diseases to local health authorities, according to Texas Health and Safety Code, Sec. 81.042. Industries included under this law are healthcare, childcare facilities, nursing homes, laboratories, schools, and emergency medical services.
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Chapter 256 of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that hospitals and nursing homes must develop and implement policies for safely moving, transferring, lifting, and repositioning a patient.
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The Hazard Communication Act, Chapter 502 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, assures that employers provide employees with information about hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace.
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Texas Labor Code, Chapter 52 states that an employee may not be denied off a 24-hour period for rest or worship during seven calendar days.
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Dallas Occupational Health Services includes the Exposure Control Plan, requiring employers to offer the hepatitis B vaccine series to all employees with occupational exposure and to develop policies to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. The policy must ensure that covered employees receive vaccines for vaccine-preventable diseases. Covered employees are determined by the level of risk the employee presents to patients by their routine and level of direct exposure to patients. The employer must verify if the employee has complied with the policy.
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Texas Administrative Code Rule §97.173, regarding tuberculosis screening, states that employees in jails and correctional facilities who have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) that have a history of negative TB skin tests must receive a TB skin test following a TB exposure. Negative tests are to be retested 90 days after the last contact with TB. TB testing and screening benefits the health of the employee and helps to reduce or eliminate outbreaks in the workplace.
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.

Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas 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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“Texas OSHA: What you need to know.” BLR, https://www.blr.com/workplace-safety/safety-administration/osha–in-texas
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“OSHA – Workplace Safety and Health Requirements.” Texas Workforce Commission, https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/efte/osha.html
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“§ 81.042. Communicable Diseases; Public Health Disasters; Public Health Emergencies – Persons Required to Report.” Texas Constitution and Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.81.htm#81.042
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“§ 52. Protection of Laborers – Miscellaneous Restrictions.” Texas Constitution and Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/LA/htm/LA.52.htm
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“State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients – Immunization Administration Requirements For State: TX.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/Administration.asp?statetmp=TX#256
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“Drug Testing in the Workplace.” Texas Workforce Commission, https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/efte/drug_testing_in_the_workplace.html
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“Texas Administrative Code – Title 25. Health Services, Rule § 97.173 Communicable Diseases – Tuberculosis Screening for Jails and Other Correctional Facilities.” Texas Register, https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=97&rl=173
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“29 U.S. Code Chapter 15 – Occupational Safety and Health.” Cornell Law School, https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/29/chapter-15
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“OSH Act of 1970.” United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/oshact/completeoshact
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“§ 81.042. Required Safe Patient Handling and Movement Policy.” Texas Constitution and Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.256.htm
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“§ 502. Hazard Communication Act.” Texas Constitution and Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.502.htm
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“Texas Administrative Code Rule §97.173.” Texas Register, https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=97&rl=173