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Durham Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health plans are crucial for employers to protect the health and safety of their employees while remaining compliant with occupational safety and health laws. Employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace, free from hazards that may lead to workplace illnesses, injuries, and fatalities. It is the job of the employer to remove recognizable hazards and to provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), safe and properly working equipment, and the right job training and education. Employers must protect their employees from hazards like dust, fumes, chemicals, extreme heat, noise, biological agents, and other workplace hazardous conditions.

In Durham, occupational health services include vaccinations and titer tests (antibody tests), biometric screenings, physical exams, respiratory health screenings, respirator fit testing, tuberculosis (TB) screenings, TB skin tests, and proper job safety training and education.

Durham occupational health laws include the North Carolina State Plan (NC OSH), an OSHA-approved occupational safety and health plan that covers public- and private-sector employers in Durham and the state of North Carolina, with some exceptions. Federal OSHA covers federal agencies in Durham, including USPS employers and employees, Indian reservations, and military bases. Employers are responsible for understanding federal, North Carolina, and Durham workplace health laws.

The Occupational Health Surveillance Program helps Durham employers by describing work-related health risks and promoting safe workplaces. The program prepares workers with consultations with occupational health nurses, safety professionals, and industry representatives. The program includes acute pesticide illness and injury surveillance, blood lead epidemiology and surveillance, occupational disease and injury reporting, occupational health indicators, occupational health trends, and farm injuries.

To register for Durham 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 (919) 822-9344.

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Durham Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Durham workplace health laws require interstate non-excepted and intrastate non-excepted commercial drivers to maintain a certified medical status and provide a U.S. Department of Transportation medical examiner’s certificate to the North Carolina DMV.
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Durham occupational health regulations require applicants to the Durham Police Department to receive physical fitness testing as well as a medical screening, psychological evaluation, drug screening and polygraph exam following a conditional offer.
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Durham occupational health laws require applicants to the Durham Fire Department to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster dose, when applicable. The hiring process to become a Durham Firefighter also includes a medical exam and background screening.
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Durham occupational health laws include OSHA 29 CFR Part 1904, regarding record-keeping standards.
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Durham workplace health regulations include OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910, which offers general industry standards.
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Workplace occupational health laws for Durham employers include 29 CFR Part 1915 for shipyard employment. These are standards regarding toxic and hazardous substances such as air contaminants, chemicals, asbestos, chemical exposure in laboratories and COVID-19, in addition to hazard communication and personal protective equipment.
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Durham occupational health services must include standards set by OSHA 29 CFR Part 1917 for marine terminals.
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29 CFR Part 1926 offers regulations for employers in the construction industry. These standards apply to all workplaces where employees engage in construction work, such as construction, alteration, repair, painting, and decorating.
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Standard 29 CFR Part 1928 applies to the agriculture industry.
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.

Durham Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Durham. 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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“State Plans: North Carolina.” United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/nc
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“OSHA Offices by State: North Carolina.” United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/NC/areaoffice
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“Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology.” NCDHHS, https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/oee/programs/oii.html
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“Medical Certification Requirements.” North Carolina DMV, https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/license-id/driver-licenses/commercial/Pages/medical-certification.aspx
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“Hiring Process.” City of Durham Police Department, https://www.durhamnc.gov/161/Hiring-Process
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“Become a Durham Firefighter.” City of Durham Fire Department, https://www.durhamnc.gov/622/Become-a-Durham-Firefighter
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“Hiring Process.” City of Durham Police Department, https://www.durhamnc.gov/161/Hiring-Process
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“OSHA 29 CFR Part 1904.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1904
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“OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910
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“29 CFR Part 1915.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1915
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“29 CFR Part 1917.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1917
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“29 CFR Part 1926.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1926