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Nashville Occupational Health Services

In addition, all employees of the city’s Metro Department must adhere to specific Nashville occupational health standards. This includes participating in injury and illness prevention programs and reporting hazardous workplace conditions to their supervisors. Employees also have access to Nashville occupational health services, including the ability to contact their department’s occupational safety and health staff if they feel uncomfortable reporting issues directly to their supervisors.

Many of the current Nashville occupational health standards are based on the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act, which was enacted in 1972. This set of laws outlines the rules employers in the state are obligated to adhere to.

In November of 2021, state officials also addressed employment issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic by passing Tennessee Act No. 6 (previously HB9077). This new law prohibits state employers, educational institutions, and private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. In addition, it also prohibits employers from firing or discriminating against an employee based on their vaccination status.

Act No. 6 creates a new exception to Tennessee’s “Employment at Will” doctrine, which states that employers are free to terminate employees at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all, without fear of legal liability. Previously, the doctrine provided some exceptions, such as prohibiting discrimination or termination due to an employee being called to jury duty, military duty, voting in elections, filing a worker’s compensation claim, and other similar issues.

Health Street offers a variety of Nashville 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 (615) 682-0246.

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Nashville Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Tennessee Act No. 6 (previously HB9077) – states that governmental entities, schools, education agencies, and private businesses are prohibited from requiring employees to show proof of vaccination and from terminating or otherwise discriminating against an employee based on his or her vaccination status.
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Rules of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workplace Development 0800-01-01 through 0800-01-12 – provides occupational safety and health requirements and standards for all employers in the state of Tennessee.
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Tennessee Employment-at-Will Doctrine – allows employers to terminate an employee at any time for any reason, or for no reason, without concern over legal liability. Employees may also quit a job for any reason, or no reason, without fear of legal consequences.
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Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 – states that employers in Tennessee are obligated to provide a safe and healthful workplace and comply with all standards and rules as outlined in the act.
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.

Nashville Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Nashville. 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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“Pre-Employment Police Officer Testing Information.” Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, https://www.nashville.gov/departments/police/get-involved/become-police-officer/pre-employment-testing
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“Occupational Safety.” Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, https://www.nashville.gov/departments/human-resources/occupational-safety
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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
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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