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New York Occupational Health Services

New York occupational health services are meant to protect both employees and employers in the local workplace. Positive influences of such practices on New York workplace health include reduced risk of accident, injury, or illness through the identification and mitigation of workplace health hazards.

Outside of personal health protections, New York occupational health services must be used by employers to ensure compliance with New York city and state laws. Complete workplace safety compliance reduces the risk of city and state workplace code violations and penalties. Adhering to workplace occupational health practices can even help lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums for employers.

Types of New York occupational health regulations vary by industry. From healthcare vaccination requirements to New York Department of Transportation employee physical mandates, it’s important to understand specific workplace health policies that may affect you. Keep reading to learn more about specific New York occupational health policies and regulations.

Health Street offers a variety of New York 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 (646) 395-3728.

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New York Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Created in 1980 by the New York Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH), the Public Employee Safety and Health Act established New York occupational safety and health protections for all public sector employees. Under this act, public employers are required to follow a wide variety of OSHA-based labor regulations, including employee injury and illness recordkeeping requirements and substance exposure limits. This act also established an enforcement branch that conducts unannounced mandatory inspections to ensure complete New York workplace health compliance.
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On May 5, 2021, the state of New York passed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This New York workplace health policy works to protect private-sector employees against airborne infectious disease exposure by providing an Exposure Prevention Standard, an Exposure Prevention Plan, and various industry-specific prevention plans. Under these laws, an employer is mandated to provide copies of such resources as well as post this information on the company worksite.
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The New York Department of Health New York Department of Health mandates that hospital and diagnostic/treatment center employees must adhere to annual tuberculosis (TB) screening requirements. Under this New York occupational health code, a baseline TB screening must be conducted with a state-approved test as part of the healthcare pre-employment process. Furthermore, employees belonging to New York State hospitals, diagnostic centers, and treatment centers must also be annually screened for TB in order to remain in compliance with New York workplace health requirements.
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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) positions that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) will need proof of a DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate for employment purposes. This certificate is used to demonstrate that an employee is physically fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle such as a city bus. As part of the certification process, a medical professional will conduct an employee physical that includes a vision and hearing test, urinalysis, and physical examination. If results meet set requirements, the employee will be issued a certificate of proof where they will be able to obtain a CDL.
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 York Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in New York. 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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“Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Act.” New York Department of Labor, https://dol.ny.gov/public-employee-safety-health
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“New York State Plan.” United States Department of Labor, https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/ny
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“The NYS Health and Essential Rights Act.” New York Department of Labor, https://dol.ny.gov/ny-hero-act
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“TB Screening.” New York State Department of Health, https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/hospital_administrator/letters/2009/2009-01-08_tb_screening.htm#
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“Medical Certificate.” New York State Department of Transportation, https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/osss/truck/driver
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“Medical Certification Requirements.” New York State Department of Transportation, https://dmv.ny.gov/commercial-drivers/cdl-medical-certification-requirements