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Norfolk Occupational Health Services

Norfolk workplace health laws are governed by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Administration, which was established under Virginia law, Title 40.1. The VOSH board adopts and enforces job safety and health standards, which employers and employees are required to comply with.

Ensuring strict compliance with Norfolk occupational health laws benefits employers in many ways. Not only does this help employers avoid disciplinary action for failure to comply, but ensuring a safe and healthy workplace also helps improve employee morale and may reduce turnover, sick calls, and even workers’ compensation claims.

Employees enjoy several benefits as well. When everyone works together to ensure safety, there’s far less chance of suffering from a work-related injury or illness. Workers who understand how to access Norfolk occupational health services will also have the ability to report unsafe working conditions before they cause a serious problem. Employees who are clear about their responsibilities under the law can also avoid unintentionally creating a dangerous work environment for their coworkers.

There are many State of Virginia and City of Norfolk occupational health rules designed to protect both employers and employees. For example, to help curb the transmission of communicable diseases, workplace occupational health rules require certain employees to submit to tuberculosis (TB) screenings to ensure they are free from communicable forms of the disease. This includes employees in juvenile secure detention facilities and all public-school employees.

In addition, in the state of Virginia, all tattooers and body piercers must show proof of full hepatitis B vaccination or immunity to the disease, or submit a declaration of refusal.

Some Norfolk occupational health rules have also been enacted to ensure employees in certain fields are physically fit enough to perform the duties of their job. In June of 2014, the City of Norfolk issued Administrative General Order 325, which requires all sworn police officers employed with the city to participate in an annual medical exam and be cleared for duty. They must also participate in an annual fitness assessment and sign an acknowledgment that on-duty or off-duty use of tobacco products is prohibited as a condition of employment. Candidates for employment with the Norfolk Fire-Rescue department must also pass a physical ability test (PAT) prior to employment.

Health Street offers a variety of Norfolk 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 (757) 819-4272.

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Norfolk Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Title 40.1 Labor and Employment – provides job safety and health protection for workers in the state of Virginia.
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Norfolk Administrative General Order 325 requires sworn police employees to be medically assessed and physically fit to perform the essential tasks of the job and promote a healthy lifestyle.
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6VAC35-101-155 – all employees of Juvenile Secure Detention Centers must undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening within 30 days prior to their start date at the facility and at least annually thereafter.
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Code of Virginia, § 22.1-300 – all public school employees must submit a certificate signed by a licensed physician or registered nurse, certifying that they are free from communicable tuberculosis.
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18VAC41-60-200 – body piercers must show proof of the full series of Hepatitis B vaccine, proof of immunity by blood titer, or a written declaration of refusal.
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18VAC41-50-400 – tattooers and permanent cosmetic tattooers must show proof of the full series of Hepatitis B vaccine, proof of immunity by blood titer, or a written declaration of refusal.
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.

Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk, 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 Norfolk 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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“Job Safety and Health Protection.” Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, https://www.doli.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Virginia_Occupational-_Safety_and_Health_Poster_English_2019.pdf
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“Physical Ability Test (PAT).” Fire-Rescue Department, The City of Norfolk, https://www.norfolk.gov/628/Physical-Ability-Test-Resources
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“Title 40.1 Labor and Employment.” Virginia General Assembly, https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title40.1/
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“Administrative General Order – 325 – Wellness and Physical Fitness.” Norfolk Department of Police, https://www.norfolk.gov/DocumentCenter/View/62089/ADM-325-Wellness-and-Physical-Fitness
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“6VAC35-101-155. Employee tuberculosis screening and follow-up.” Virginia General Assembly, https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title6/agency35/chapter101/section155/
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“22.1-300. Tuberculosis certificate.” Virginia General Assembly, https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title22.1/chapter15/section22.1-300/
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“18VAC41-60-200. Body piercer and body piercer ear only responsibilities.” Virginia General Assembly, https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title18/agency41/chapter60/section200/
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“18VAC41-50-400. Tattooer or permanent cosmetic tattooer or master permanent cosmetic tattooer responsibilities.” Virginia General Assembly, https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title18/agency41/chapter50/section400/