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El Paso Occupational Health Services

El Paso occupational health services are an important resource for businesses to help employers create better and safe work environments for employees. Workplace occupational health best practices help an employer identify workplace hazards and implement mitigation strategies to lower the risk and current rate of employee injury, illness, and even fatality.

Outside of employee protections, the use of El Paso occupational health services also provides various forms of protection for the employer and their business. Workplace hazard mitigation strategies will generally help lower the frequency of workplace incidents, helping to keep workers’ compensation insurance costs low. It’s also important for employers to adopt and follow El Paso workplace health compliance regulations to avoid costly fines and penalties by the state.

In the state of Texas, private employers will typically follow the federal guidelines put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as state law has not provided them with alternative or additional policies. However, public employers are required to follow state-mandated occupational codes and regulations to remain in compliance. No matter what type of employer you may be, read on to learn more about various workplace occupational health regulations that may affect you.

Health Street offers a variety of El Paso 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 (915) 247-0680.

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El Paso Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Under current El Paso occupational health regulations, there are certain employee types that are required to comply with tuberculosis (TB) testing state mandates. For instance, healthcare employees in the state of Texas are required to undergo TB testing as part of the pre-employment process. While annual testing is no longer required, they are still subject to future TB testing if a high-risk workplace event arises. Furthermore, Texas Administrative Code §97.173 requires correctional facility employees working in the same environment as inmates to undergo both pre-employment and annual TB screening.
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El Paso workplace health code requires employers to follow mandates established under the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA). Also known as a “worker right-to-know” law, this state legislation requires public employers to provide various details and training on the workplace hazards an employee may face. Workplace hazards that are focused on under this workplace occupational health law include chemicals that are classified as explosive, self-reactive, or flammable. An employer must follow various compliance needs, including proper chemical labeling and state injury reports, to avoid any penalties or fines.
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In addition to chemical hazards, there are El Paso occupational health regulations that require employers to follow bloodborne pathogen hazard precautions as well. According to the Texas Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan, an employer is required to create an exposure control plan for employees at risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure. This includes providing means of accessing a hepatitis B vaccination series in the event of possible exposure as well as post-exposure evaluation resources, such as antibody testing, at no charge to the employee.
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According to Texas Administrative Code §1.702, healthcare employers are required to develop and enforce a patient protection policy that prevents patients from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. Depending on the specific healthcare facility, a policy may mandate various immunizations including measles, mumps, or rubella (MMR) vaccinations for employees at risk of spreading infection.
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.

El Paso 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 El Paso 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 El Paso, 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 El Paso 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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“OSHA – Workplace Safety and Health Requirements.” Texas Workforce Commission, https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/efte/osha.html
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“Revised Recommendations for Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of Health Care Personnel.” Texas Health and Human Services, https://www.dshs.texas.gov/IDCU/disease/tb/policies/Long-TermCareRegulatoryProviderLetter.pdf
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“RULE §97.173 Screening.” Texas Administrative Code, https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=97&rl=173
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“Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA).” Texas Legislature, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.502.htm
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“Model Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.” Texas Department of State Health Services, https://www.dshs.texas.gov/IDCU/health/infection_control/bloodborne_pathogens/exposure_control/adopt_ecp.pdf
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“RULE §1.702 Vaccine Preventable Diseases Policy.” Texas Administrative Code, https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=1&rl=702