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Philadelphia Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health is important for both employers and employees. Following Philadelphia workplace health guidelines will help employers avoid compliance issues and create a safer and healthier workplace environment. By assisting with identifying and mitigating workplace hazards, Philadelphia occupational health regulations help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. This often results in fewer employee absences, fewer workers’ compensation claims, more productivity, and greater workplace efficiency.

Philadelphia occupational health regulations also ensure a proper work environment for employees. Following these important regulations helps to promote an employee’s overall health and well-being. Having access to Philadelphia occupational health services can also help employees receive certain screenings, vaccinations, and other benefits, conveniently and at no cost.

First adopted in 1949, the Pennsylvania Public School Code Section 1418 requires all employees and contractors providing services to schools to submit to a pre-employment medical examination. This examination must include regulated testing for tuberculosis. In 1975, the state of Pennsylvania adopted subsection 201.22, which required staff at long-term care nursing facilities to undergo mandatory tuberculosis testing. The law also outlined required actions for those potentially carrying TB. The purpose of both these laws was to protect employees from contracting and potentially spreading this dangerous and highly infectious disease, ultimately creating a safer workplace.

More recently, the City of Philadelphia has enacted mandates to help protect its residents against the COVID-19 virus. In 2020, the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued an emergency regulation requiring all healthcare workers in the city as well as all college and university faculty and staff to complete the COVID-19 vaccination series. On November 19, 2021, the city also released a memo requiring all city employees and certain city contractors to comply with COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Both sets of regulations allow for medical and religious exemptions.

Health Street offers a variety of Philadelphia 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 (267) 313-5453.

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Philadelphia Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Pennsylvania Public School Code Section 1418 – This Philadelphia occupational health legislation requires all employees and independent contractors who provide direct services to students on behalf of a school, including but not limited to teachers, janitors, nurses, bus drivers, cooks, and other cafeteria help as well as all others employed at Pennsylvania schools—to have a pre-employment medical examination that includes a tuberculin skin test.
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Pennsylvania Code § 201.22 This law requires long-term care nursing facilities to have a written tuberculosis infection control plan. It also outlines TB testing requirements for patients and staff as well as action steps for employees who potentially have active TB.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for City Employees – All City of Philadelphia employees and certain city contractors must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series by January 14, 2022, unless they have a valid religious or medical exemption. Employees can take advantage of Philadelphia occupational health services for free vaccinations and additional information.
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Emergency Regulation Mandating Vaccines for Healthcare Workers in Higher Education, Healthcare, and Related Settings – All healthcare workers in the City of Philadelphia and all staff and faculty at colleges and universities in the city must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a valid religious or medical 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.

Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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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“1949 Act 14. Section 1418.” Pennsylvania General Assembly, https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/uconsCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&yr=1949&sessInd=0&smthLwInd=0&act=14&chpt=14&sctn=18&subsctn=0
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“Physical Examinations.” Pennsylvania Department of Health, https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/school/Pages/Physical-Exams.aspx
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“Tuberculosis (TB).” Pennsylvania Department of Health, https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/school/Pages/Tuberculosis.aspx
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“§ 23.44. Tuberculin testing of school personnel.” Pennsylvania Code, http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/028/chapter23/s23.44.html&d=reduce
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“§ 201.22. Prevention, control and surveillance of tuberculosis (TB).” Pennsylvania Code, http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/028/chapter201/s201.22.html&d=reduce
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“COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for City Employees.” City of Philadelphia, 19 November 2021, https://www.phila.gov/media/20211119091444/Memo-Vaccine-Requirements-for-City-Employees-November-2021.pdf
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Garrow, James. “City of Philadelphia employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.” City of Philadelphia, 19 November 2021, https://www.phila.gov/2021-11-19-city-of-philadelphia-employees-required-to-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19/
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“Emergency Regulation Governing the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 Mandating Vaccines for Healthcare Workers and in Higher Education, Healthcare, and Related Settings.” City of Philadelphia, 16 August 2021, https://regulations.phila-records.com/pdfs/2021.8.16%20Approval%20Memo%20for%20Emergency%20Vaccine%20Mandate%20Regulation.pdf
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Garrow, James. “Healthcare and Higher Education Vaccine Mandate Update.” City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, 6 October 2021, https://www.phila.gov/2021-10-06-healthcare-and-higher-education-vaccine-mandate-update/
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“Chapter 23. School Health.” Pennsylvania Code, http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/028/chapter23/chap23toc.html&d=reduce#23.44