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Minneapolis Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health is important for both employers and employees. For employers, following Minneapolis occupational health guidelines ensures compliance and limits liability. When employers provide a safe and healthy work environment, they often enjoy better employee morale, less turnover, less absenteeism, and fewer workers’ compensation claims.

For employees, understanding how to access Minneapolis occupational health services and being aware of their rights and obligations can help reduce the potential for workplace illnesses and injuries. This also ensures employees know how and where to report unsafe working environments so they can be resolved before an illness, injury, or death occurs.

The state of Minnesota has its own Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA). This state program is approved by federal OSHA and helps protect workers at both public and private worksites.

There are several Minneapolis workplace health regulations designed to help protect both employees and employers, particularly those working in high-risk industries. These requirements help ensure that job candidates are physically able to perform all the required job duties and that a lack of physical fitness won’t create an unsafe work environment for their coworkers or the public.

Under current Minnesota law, all employers in the state may require pre-employment testing, physical examinations, and drug testing. However, testing may not be done until after a conditional offer for employment has been made. All required tests must also only measure job-related activities and must not be done in a discriminatory manner.

The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department requires pre-employment testing for job applicants. This includes a physical agility test, drug and alcohol screening, and a medical exam. Candidates for police force jobs in the city of Minneapolis must pass vision, hearing, and physical fitness tests prior to beginning their training. They must also submit to a medical exam, psychological exam, and drug and alcohol screening. Similarly, candidates for fire/rescue jobs in the city must pass a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and submit to medical and psychological exams as well as drug and alcohol screening.

The state of Minnesota’s Department of Administration also has a respiratory protection program in place for all employees who are exposed to respiratory hazards, such as particulates, dust, and vapors, during routine operations. Employers in these industries must provide a medical evaluation to employees to ensure they’re able to use a respirator at work. At the physician’s discretion, a physical exam, pulmonary functions tests, chest x-ray, and/or EKG may also be required. In some cases, the test results may also require follow-up physical exams.

More recently, the state addressed occupational health issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 11, 2021, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a requirement for all state agency employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before returning to the workplace or to submit to COVID-19 testing at least weekly. With this announcement, the state became one of several requiring vaccination for in-person work.

There are currently no other statewide or Minnesota occupational health laws in place requiring COVID-19 vaccinations. However, individual employers may have their own mandates in place.

To register for Minneapolis 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 (612) 540-1963.

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Minneapolis Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

HR/LR Policy #1446 – all state agency staff assigned to work in the workplace must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or undergo mandatory testing at least weekly.

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.

Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis, 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 Minneapolis 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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“Safety and Health at Work.” Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, https://www.dli.mn.gov/business/safety-and-health-work
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“Public Works Service Worker Jobs – Pre-employment tests.” City of Minneapolis, https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/jobs/public-works-jobs/pwsw-jobs/tests/
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“Governor Walz Announces Vaccination Requirements for State Agency Employees.” Office of Governor Tim Walz, 11 August 2021, https://mn.gov/governor/news/?id=1055-493652
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“An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota.” Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Legislature, https://www.leg.mn.gov/docs/2018/other/180463.pdf
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“Police Jobs – Pre-employment Tests.” City of Minneapolis, https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/jobs/police-jobs/pre-employment-tests/
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“Firefighter Jobs – Pre-employment Tests.” City of Minneapolis, https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/jobs/firefighter-jobs/pre-employment-tests/
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“Respiratory Protection Program.” Minnesota Department of Administration, https://mn.gov/admin/employees/hr/employees/policies/safety/respiratory/
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“Medical Screening.” Minnesota Department of Health, https://www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/patientsafety/infectioncontrol/rpp/comp/evaluation.html
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https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-laws-regulations#:~:text=It%20requires%20them%20to%20mandate,are%20unable%20to%20be%20vaccinated.
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“COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing.” Minnesota Management and Budget, https://mn.gov/mmb-stat/policies/1446-covid19testingvaccination.pdf