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Memphis Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health standards help ensure that employers provide a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. While following all Memphis workplace health regulations helps keep employees safe, it also has an added benefit of protecting employers from liability that could arise as a result of an employee injury or death caused by unsafe work conditions.

It’s also critical for employees to fully understand both their rights and obligations under the Memphis occupational health guidelines. This allows them to do their part in minimizing workplace accidents and injuries and will help them understand how to access Memphis occupational health services when needed.

While there are no Memphis occupational health guidelines specific to employers located within the city, the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has developed a set of standards and rules that adhere to the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972.

In addition to these rules, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security outlines specific qualification requirements for all potential candidates applying for a position as a State Trooper. This includes passing a timed physical agility test and medical, physical, and psychological examinations.

The state of Tennessee also has a state-of-the-art Tuberculosis Control Program which provides a wide range of recommendations including a requirement for all new employees in correctional and detention facilities to undergo a physical examination for TB disease. The program also includes a detailed TB Surveillance Program for healthcare workers.

More recently, the state of Tennessee addressed issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic with the passing of Tennessee Act No. 6 (previously HB9077) in November of 2021. This act prohibits employers from requiring employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and from terminating or discriminating against employees based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.

This is now an exception to Tennessee’s “employment-at-will” doctrine, which states that employers may terminate employees for any reason (or no reason at all) without legal liability (with certain exceptions, like discrimination or termination based on being called to military duty, jury duty, filing workers compensation, and other similar issues).

Health Street offers a variety of Memphis 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 (901) 563-4340.

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Memphis Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 – provides rules and recommendations regarding an employer’s obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Tennessee employers are required to comply with all applicable TOSHA standards.
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Rules of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workplace Development 0800-01-01 through 0800-01-12 – outlines specific occupational safety and health standards and requirements for employers in the state of Tennessee.
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Tennessee Employment-at-Will Doctrine – states that employers may legally terminate employees at any time for any reason, or for no reason, without creating a legal liability (with some exceptions). Also states that employees may leave a job at any time for any reason, or no reason, without adverse legal consequences.
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Tennessee Act No. 6 (previously HB9077) – prohibits private businesses, governmental entities, schools, and education agencies from requiring employees to provide proof of vaccination or discharging or otherwise discriminating against employees based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
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.

Memphis 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 Memphis 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 Memphis, 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 Memphis 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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“Standards and Rules.” Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, https://www.tn.gov/workforce/employees/safety-health/tosha-redirect/compliance/tosha-standards-and-rules.html
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“Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972.” Tennessee State Government, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/workforce/documents/Employees/SafetyHealth/tosha/TennesseeCodeAnnotatedTCA%C2%A7%C2%A750-3-101through50-3-919.pdf
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“Trooper Qualifications.” Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, https://www.tn.gov/safety/tnhp/trpschool/trpqualifications.html
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“Tuberculosis Guidelines and Recommendations.” Tennessee Department of Health, https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/tuberculosis-elimination-program/tuberculosis-guidelines-and-recommendations.html
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“Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Correctional and Detention Facilities: Recommendations from CDC.” Tennessee State Government, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/tuberculosis_guidelines/TB_CorrectionGuidelines.pdf
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“Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005.” Tennessee State Government, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/tuberculosis_guidelines/TB_HCSPrevention.pdf
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“SB9014.” Tennessee General Assembly, https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/Billinfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB9014&ga=112
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“Rules of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.” Tennessee Secretary of State, https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/0800/0800.htm
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“Employee Rights.” Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, https://www.tn.gov/workforce/employees/labor-laws/labor-laws-redirect/employee-rights.html