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Orlando Occupational Health Services

Closely following state, federal, and Orlando workplace health guidelines helps to ensure a safe working environment. This benefits both employers and employees by reducing the number of potential work-related injuries and illnesses.

Employers who ensure compliance can avoid potential discipline for failing to follow workplace occupational health guidelines. Doing so may also result in lowering an employer’s liability, improving employee morale, and reducing sick calls, turnover, and even workers’ compensation claims.

Employees who clearly understand their rights and obligations under state, federal, and Orlando occupational health rules can avoid unintentionally creating an unsafe workplace for their coworkers. It’s also important for employees to understand how and when to report unsafe working conditions, so they can be resolved before they become a serious problem.

There are very few workplace health rules that are specific to the city of Orlando. However, to become a police officer in the city of Orlando, candidates must complete a physical abilities test (PAT) and submit to a medical examination. Candidates for the City of Orlando Fire Department must also complete a medical examination and a drug screen.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Florida addressed vaccination issues with the passing of several occupational health laws. On November 18, 2021, Governor Ronald DeSantis passed House Bill 1-B, prohibiting private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations without significant opt-out provisions. Under the new law, employees may refuse vaccination based on medical or religious beliefs or immunity. They may also choose to wear personal protective equipment or submit to medical testing instead of receiving vaccinations.

In addition, House Bill 3-B protects employee privacy and encourages reporting of violations by exempting any employee who reports an employer for violating the state’s COVID-19 regulations from public-records requirements.

Currently, the state of Florida does not have its own Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and falls under the jurisdiction of federal OSHA. However, DeSantis has also signed into law House Bill 5-B, which begins the process of creating a state OSHA. It will likely take some time for this to come to fruition. In the meantime, the state continues to be governed by federal OSHA. Employees or employers wishing to access Orlando occupational health services can visit the federal OSHA office located at 1001 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32803.

To register for Orlando 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 (407) 519-2581.

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Orlando Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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House Bill 1-B – prohibits employers in the state of Florida from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees without including an opt-out provision for medical or religious reasons or because the employee has elected to use personal protective equipment, submit to regular testing, or is immune.
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House Bill 3-B – exempts any employee who reports a private employer’s violation of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccination policy from public records requirements.
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House Bill 5-B – provides $1 million to fund a proposal to develop a state of Florida OSHA program and requires designating or hiring staff to create the proposal. Also states that a proposal containing specific information must be submitted by a specified date.
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.

Orlando Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Orlando. 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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“Apply to Become an Orlando Police Officer.” City of Orlando, https://www.orlando.gov/Public-Safety/OPD/Apply-to-Become-an-Orlando-Police-Officer
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“Become an Orlando Firefighter.” City of Orlando, https://www.orlando.gov/Public-Safety/OFD/Become-an-Orlando-Firefighter
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“OSHA Offices by State: Florida.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/FL/areaoffice
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“HB 1-B: COVID-19 Mandates.” The Florida Senate, https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021B/1B/?Tab=VoteHistory
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“CS/HB 3-B: Pub. Rec./COVID-19 Vaccination Policies and Practices.” The Florida Senate, https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021B/3B
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“HB 5-B: Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan.” The Florida Senate, https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021B/5B/ByCategory