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Jacksonville Occupational Health Services

Jacksonville occupational health regulations for private sector businesses fall under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and are enforced by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Jacksonville workplace health plans are crucial for employers to remain compliant under health and safety laws and are vital to the health and safety of their employees. In Jacksonville, occupational health services include physical assessments, such as pre-employment physical exams, respiratory health screenings, vaccinations or antibody testing, and proper education or training. Employers must ensure the health and safety of their workers by providing safe equipment and education, and by eliminating exposures to diseases and harmful chemicals.

Jacksonville occupational health services include the Florida Occupational Health and Safety Program. After receiving funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in 2010, this program was established by the Florida Department of Health to gather information on workers in Florida, work-related injuries and illness, and the risk factors for these incidents. The program uses collected information to prevent injuries and illness and maintain safe workplaces. In addition, the University of South Florida (USF) offers Jacksonville employers free onsite consultations to identify hazards in the workplace and assist them with meeting federal OSHA requirements. This program is called the University of South Florida Safety Florida Consultation Program and assists with education, training, noise monitoring, air sampling, and record-keeping.

Health Street offers a variety of Jacksonville 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 (904) 204-4535.

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Jacksonville Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Jacksonville occupational health laws require all commercial driver’s license holders to obtain a physical exam from a medical examiner and to hold and maintain a medical examiner certificate.
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Workplace occupational health regulations require prospective Jacksonville firefighters to obtain a physical examination from a Florida-licensed physician to determine whether or not an individual is fit for firefighter training.
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Jacksonville public employers are prohibited from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This includes governmental and educational institutions. Private employers in Jacksonville are prohibited from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for their employees without allowing employees an opportunity for exemptions based on religious reasons, medical reasons, or determined COVID-19 immunity. Immunity to COVID-19 can be determined through antibody testing.
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Florida healthcare employers are required to report cases of tuberculosis (TB) within one business day of diagnosis and submit supporting documentation for the TB diagnosis within 24 hours. Routine screening is not required by the Florida Department of Health in Jacksonville but is recommended for populations that are at high-risk for TB exposure. TB screening includes obtaining a medical history, a TB questionnaire to determine the employee’s risk for exposure, and TB testing and treatment history. TB physical examinations include TB skin testing, temperature, current weight with BMI, and chest x-ray if indicated.
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The Florida Department of Health recommends the hepatitis B vaccine series for healthcare workers or employees at high risk. The Jacksonville and Duval County Health Department offers this vaccine series at no cost.
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Applicants for Jacksonville and Duval County correctional facilities must undergo a background check, medical exam, and drug screening.
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.

Jacksonville Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Jacksonville. 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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“Florida Safety and Health: What you need to know.” BLR, https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Health-Safety/Safety-and-Health-in-Florida
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“Florida Occupational Health and Safety Program.” Florida Department of Health, https://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/occupational-health-surveillance/_documents/program-intro-factsheet.pdf
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“USF SafetyFlorida.” USF Health, https://health.usf.edu/publichealth/cohpe/usfsafetyflorida
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“CDL Medical Information.” Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle, https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/commercial-motor-vehicle-drivers/commercial-driver-license/cdl-medical-certification/
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“Physical Ability Test (PAT) Packet.” Fire Academy of the South, https://www.fscj.edu/docs/default-source/fire-academy/pat-packeta558e66700e46311970aff0000e316a3.pdf?sfvrsn=68bc85d5_2
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Florida Health, https://www.floridahealth.gov/
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“Exemption From COVID-19 Vaccination Based on COVID-19 Immunity.” Florida Health, https://www.floridahealth.gov/_documents/newsroom/press-releases/2021/11/20211118-dh-8018-covid-19-vaccine-immunity-exemption-11.2021.pdf?utm_source=floridahealth.gov&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=covid-19&utm_term=exemption+from+covid-19+vaccination&utm_content=article
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“Tuberculosis Providers and Professionals.” Florida Health Duval County, https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/tuberculosis/tb-professionals/index.html
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“Adult Vaccination and Testing Program.” Florida Health, https://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/hepatitis/hepatitis-vaccination-testing-program.html
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“Free Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines.” Florida Health, https://duval.floridahealth.gov/events/2019/09/free-hepatitis-vaccines-9-12-19.html
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“Florida Corrections Officer Job Description.” CorrectionalOfficerEDU.org, https://www.correctionalofficeredu.org/florida/