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Laredo Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health plans are crucial for employers to remain compliant with occupational safety and health laws and to ensure safety and health in the workplace for their employees. Employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace with no recognizable hazards, and it’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure their safety while on the job. Employers must remove recognizable hazards when possible and provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe, working machinery and equipment. In Laredo, occupational health services include biometric screenings, vision and hearing screening, vaccinations, titer testing (antibody testing), respirator fit testing, respiratory health exams, physical examinations, and proper training and education.

Texas does not have its own occupational safety and health plan, and private-sector employers in Laredo are covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), which was established to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all employees by reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace.

To register for Laredo 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 (956) 307-5007.

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Laredo Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Laredo occupational health laws include RULE §96.202 of the Texas Administrative Code, which is the Exposure Control Plan. The plan protects employees by minimizing their exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace by increasing the rate of vaccinations among employees, providing education and training, and increasing the use of personal protective equipment among employees.
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25 Tex. Admin. Code §1.702 requires Laredo healthcare employers to develop, implement, and enforce policies regarding vaccine-preventable diseases to protect their employees. The policy must enforce vaccinations among at-risk employees and specify which vaccines are covered. The policy must include procedures to verify whether or not an employee is compliant with the policy.
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Laredo occupational health regulations include Chapter 502 of the Texas Administrative Code, titled the Hazards Communication Act. The act works to improve the safety and health of employees by providing them with access to information regarding hazardous chemicals and substances they may be exposed to while on the job while performing employment activities, during emergency situations, or as a result of being within close proximity to the manufacturer of those chemicals.
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Laredo workplace health laws require employers to report certain communicable diseases, as stated in Sec. 81.042 of the Texas Administrative Code. Dentists, school authorities, those in charge of clinical hospitals and laboratories, physicians’ offices, registered nurses, healthcare personnel, emergency medical personnel, veterinarians, administrators of schools, home health agencies, correctional facilities and nursing homes, and restaurant owners must report these communicable diseases.
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Laredo occupational health laws set requirements for commercial driver’s license holders that include a medical examination. Depending on which certificate the applicant applies for, a Medical Examiner’s Certificate may be required.
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Laredo occupational health services must include OSHA’s 29 CFR § 1910.1030, which requires employers to makeavailable the hepatitis B vaccine to all employees with occupational exposure. If an employee declines the vaccine but later decides to get it, the employer must make it available to that employee. If a booster dose is required, the employer will offer that to employees, at no charge to them.
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.

Laredo Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Laredo. 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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“OSHA Offices by State: Texas. United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/TX/areaoffice
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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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“RULE 96.202. Exposure Control Plan” Texas Register, https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac%24ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=96&rl=202
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“25 Tex. Admin. Code 1.702. Vaccine Preventable Diseases Policy.” Texas Register,https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac%24ext.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
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“Title 6. Chapter 502. Hazard Communication Act.” Texas Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.502.htm
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“Title 2. Chapter 81. Communicable Diseases; Public Health Disasters; Public Health Emergencies.” Texas Statutes, https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.81.htm#81.042
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“Commercial Driver License (CDL) Medical Certification Requirement.” Texas Department of Public Safety, https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/driver-license/commercial-driver-license-cdl-medical-certification-requirement
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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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“1910.1030 Bloodborne pathogens.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1030