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Oakland Occupational Health Services

California has the largest state Occupational Safety and Health department in the country. Cal/OSHA works to protect and improve workplace health and safety throughout the state by setting and enforcing standards and providing education, outreach, and assistance.

Following State of California and Oakland occupational health guidelines benefits both employers and employees. For employers, being aware of and strictly following the rules will ensure your business stays in compliance and may limit your liability if an employee injury or illness occurs.

Employees should make sure they’re aware of their rights and obligations under Oakland’s workplace occupational health rules. This includes knowing how to access applicable Oakland occupational health services and understanding how to report unsafe work conditions.

Many Oakland workplace health regulations are designed to ensure employees are physically fit enough to perform the duties of the job. This helps prevent job-related injuries and minimizes the chances that an unfit employee may create a workplace hazard for coworkers.

For example, the city of Oakland requires police officer physical agility testing prior to accepting candidates into the police academy. Prior to employment with the Alameda County Fire Department, applicants must also pass a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). In addition, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requires pre-employment testing for job candidates. This screening includes vision and hearing tests, bloodwork, a respiratory mask fit test, drug screening, and tuberculosis screening.

Alameda County requires pre-employment occupational health screenings to ensure employees are physically fit to meet the demands of the job. Civil Service Rule 1488 also allows the county to request physical examinations for employees at any time during their employment to confirm that the employee remains fit enough to perform their job duties.

In 2009, the state of California passed the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard to protect employees whose work activities put them at risk of contracting certain airborne infections.

California Education Code 44839 requires certified teachers to submit to a physical examination prior to first-time employment. This exam is required to confirm that the employee is free from communicable infectious disease and that they are physically capable of performing the job functions.

To register for Oakland 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 (510) 513-6525.

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Oakland Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Civil Service Rule 1488 – allows the county to request independent medical examinations of employees when a concern arises regarding the employee’s physical fitness to perform the duties of the job. If the exam determines the employee is unfit for the job, he or she may be transferred, demoted, or terminated with two weeks’ notice.
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Education Code Section 44839requires candidates for certified positions in any California school district or county superintendent of schools office to submit to a physical examination to confirm they are free from disabling diseases that would make them unfit to instruct or associate with children.
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Education Code Section 49406 – individuals cannot be initially employed by a school district or employed in a classified or certified position under contract without submitting to a tuberculosis risk assessment that was performed in the past 60 days.
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Cal/OSHA 5199 – requires screening for selected positions where employees have the potential for exposure to aerosol transmissible diseases. This includes tuberculosis (TB), mumps, pertussis, and other pathogens.
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Cal/OSHA 5144 – details minimum steps employers must take to ensure safe and effective use of respirators in the workplace and defines circumstances when respirators should be used.
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Oakland Administrative Instruction 593 – requires all city employees, interns, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 29, 2021, unless the employee has applied for an exemption.
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.

Oakland Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Oakland. 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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“Cal/OSHA.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/
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“Physical Ability Test.” City of Oakland, https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/agility-testing
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“Physical Requirements.” Alameda County Fire Department, https://fire.acgov.org/Careers/physicalrequirements.page?
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“Step 6: Medical Exam and Vision Test.” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/por/application-steps/medical-exam-and-vision-test/
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“Occupational Health Screenings, Risk Management Unit, Alameda County, CA, https://www.acgov.org/cao/rmu/programs/screenings/index.htm
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“Fitness for Duty Program.” Risk Management Unit, Alameda County, CA, https://www.acgov.org/cao/rmu/programs/screenings/fitness.htm
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“§5199. Aerosol Transmissible Diseases.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5199.html
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“§5144. Respiratory Protection.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5144.html
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“Education Code Section 44839.” California Legislature, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&sectionNum=44839.5
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“Education Code Section 44839.” Kern County Superintendent of Schools, https://kern.org/hr/wp-content/blogs.dir/4/files/sites/13/2015/03/Medical-Examination-for-First-Employment-in-California.pdf
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“Education Code Section 49406.” California Legislature, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=49406.&lawCode=EDC
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“City of Oakland Mandates Employee Vaccinations.” City of Oakland, 4 October 2021, https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2021/city-of-oakland-mandates-employee-vaccinations
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“The California Workplace Guide to Aerosol Transmissible Diseases.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/ATD-Guide.pdf