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New Orleans Occupational Health Services

New Orleans occupational health plans are crucial for employers to remain compliant with workplace occupational health laws, and to protect their employees from hazards in the workplace that lead to illnesses, injuries, and death. New Orleans employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace free from recognizable hazards, and it’s the employer’s job to ensure their safety. In New Orleans, occupational health services include biometric screening, respiratory health exams, vaccinations, titer testing (antibody testing), tuberculosis (TB) testing, physical examinations, and proper job training.

Since New Orleans does not have its own federally-approved state plan, New Orleans occupational health services for private-sector workplaces are covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA was created by congress to give employees safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and providing outreach, training, assistance, and education.

Federal OSHA requires that all employers provide their employees with safe working conditions free of recognizable hazards, keep floors in work areas clean and dry where possible, select and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to the employee, and provide workers with training about potential job hazards in languages they can understand.

To register for New Orleans 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 (504) 500-4346.

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New Orleans Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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New Orleans occupational health regulations require employees that hold a commercial driver’s license to obtain a physical examination for the initial issuance and for license renewals.
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New Orleans workplace health regulations require New Orleans police to receive medical and psychological examinations, background checks, drug testing, and computerized voice stress analysis as a condition of employment.
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New Orleans occupational health regulations require applicants for the New Orleans Fire Department to undergo substance abuse screenings, physical agility tests, psychological evaluations, background checks, and medical examinations.
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New Orleans occupational health regulations, under federal OSHA’s guidelines, require employers in the construction industry to set up workplaces to prevent employees from falling off elevated workstations, overhead platforms, or into holes in floors and walls. Employers must provide guard rails, guard holes that may lead to potential falls, and provide other means of protection for their employees.
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New Orleans occupational health regulations no longer require annual TB skin testing for most healthcare workers. However, TB testing is still recommended based on individual risk assessments for high-risk healthcare workers. New Orleans occupational health regulations for TB testing recommend following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends that all new hires in healthcare settings receive an initial baseline TB screening with an individual TB risk assessment and also after known exposure to a person potentially infected with TB. Healthcare workers with documentation of a prior active or latent TB infection do not require another TB test after exposure but should be further evaluated if concern for TB disease exists. Negative tests should be retested 8-10 weeks after the most recent exposure. Healthcare employers may recommend routine screenings for employees at elevated TB risk, such as pulmonologists and respiratory therapists.
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.

New Orleans Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in New Orleans. 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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“Louisiana OSHA: What you need to know.” BLR, https://www.blr.com/Workplace-Safety/Safety-Administration/OSHA–in-Louisiana
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“Louisiana.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/LA/areaoffice
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“Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Manual.” Diesel Driving Academy, https://dda.edu/LA_CDL_Manual.pdf
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“Application Process.” New Orleans Police Department, https://joinnopd.org/hiring-process/
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“New Orleans Fire Department – Recruitment Brochure.” NOLA, https://www.nola.gov/getattachment/df4abdf3-d0f6-467e-a48d-57be9c9d8ae9/Recruitment-Brochure/
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“Fall Protection.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/fall-protection
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“About OSHA.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/aboutosha
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https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6819a3.htm?s_cid=mm6819a3_w
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“Tuberculosis Control Program.” Louisiana Department of Health, https://ldh.la.gov/page/1005
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“Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel: Recommendations from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC, 2019.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17 May 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6819a3.htm