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Pittsburgh Occupational Health Services

Pittsburgh occupational health rules help protect both employers and employees. By requiring certain safety precautions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) helps ensure that employees can enjoy a safe and healthy workplace. Carefully following all Pittsburgh workplace health guidelines, as well as state and federal rules, also benefits employers by limiting liability in the case of an employee injury, illness, or even death. Pittsburgh occupational health services include antibody testing, vaccines, physical and respiratory health exams, and vision and hearing tests.

Neither the city of Pittsburgh nor the state of Pennsylvania has a federally approved occupational safety and health (OSHA) regulatory program. Instead, there are six federal OSHA offices that cover private-sector workers and employers in the state. Pittsburgh occupational health issues are handled by the federal OSHA office located inside the William Moorhead Federal Building.

There are several rules and regulations that help ensure workplace health and safety in the city of Pittsburgh. For example, to be hired as a police officer with the Allegheny County police force, after receiving a conditional offer for employment candidates must complete a physical examination. This includes a drug test and vision testing. To become a Pittsburgh firefighter, candidates must also take a medical (stress test) examination after receiving a conditional offer for employment and before receiving a final offer.

The Respiratory Protection Program is a workplace occupational health program that was created in 1980. This program is designed to ensure proper use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment used to reduce employee exposure to airborne contaminants and allow them to safely work in potentially hazardous work environments.

The program guidelines include a required initial medical assessment to ensure employees are medically capable of wearing respiratory protective equipment. In some cases, additional medical assessments may also be required.

To protect students, coworkers, and the public, the state of Pennsylvania also requires all school staff that has contact with children to undergo tuberculosis (TB) testing.

More recently, state and local officials were required to create new occupational health rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 10, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that all commonwealth employers working in high-risk congregate care facilities and state health care facilities were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 7, 2021. In addition, all new external hires would need to be fully vaccinated before starting employment.

On November 1, 2021, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto created specific Pittsburgh occupational health rules regarding COVID-19 by announcing that all city employees would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 22, 2021.

While vaccine mandates have created some significant employee push-back across the country, there have not been many published decisions on the issue yet. However, in August of 2021, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas made news by ruling that private employers may deny exemption requests for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Health Street offers a variety of Pittsburgh 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 (412) 214-8141.

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Pittsburgh Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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General Safety Law, No.174, P.L.654 – requires all establishments where people work to be “operated, equipped, arranged, and constructed” in a manner that provides “reasonable and adequate protection for the life, limb, safety, and morals of all employees. Also includes provisions for a “compliant investigation process.”
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City of Pittsburgh Executive Order No. 7: COVID-19 Vaccination Mandaterequired all city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 22, 2021.
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28 PA Code, Chapter 23 Section 23.44 – requires all school personnel, including employees and independent contractors, who provide direct services to students on behalf of a school to receive Tuberculin (TB) testing.
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.

Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh 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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“Pennsylvania.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/PA/areaoffice
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“Pennsylvania OSHA: What you need to know.” BLR, https://www.blr.com/Workplace-Safety/Safety-Administration/OSHA–in-Pennsylvania#:~:text=Pennsylvania%20is%20not%20a%20%E2%80%9Cstate,sector%20workplaces%20in%20the%20state.
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“General Safety.” Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Labor-Management-Relations/bois/Pages/General-Safety.aspx
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“Governor Wolf Announces ‘Vaccine or Test’ Requirement for Commonwealth Employees in Health Care and High-Risk Congregate Facilities.” Pennsylvania Governor, 10 August 2021, https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-vaccine-or-test-requirement-for-%E2%80%8Bcommonwealth-employees-in-health-care-and-high-risk-congregate-facilities/
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“Executive Order No. 7: COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate.” City of Pittsburgh, https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/redtail/images/16278_VAX_EO_FIXED_(1).pdf
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“City of Pittsburgh Announces Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement to Protect Health and Safety of Employees and Public.” City of Pittsburgh, 1 November 2021, https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases/5401
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Tincher, Moses and Diamond, Tracey. “Pennsylvania State Court Rules That Private Employer May Deny Exemption Request From COVID-19 Vaccination.” Hiring to Firing Law Blog, 28 September 2021, https://www.hiringtofiring.law/2021/09/28/pennsylvania-state-court-rules-that-private-employer-may-deny-exemption-request-from-covid-19-vaccination/
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“Police Officer Requirements.” Allegheny County, https://www.alleghenycounty.us/police/minimum-requirements-and-application-procedures.aspx
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“Application Process.” Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, https://pittsburghpa.gov/joinpghfire/applying/process.html
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“P-28 – Respiratory Protection.” PA Department of General Services, https://www.dgs.pa.gov/police/Documents/P-28 – 180530 – Respiratory Protection.pdf
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“City of Pittsburgh Announces Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement to Protect Health and Safety of Employees and Public.” City of Pittsburgh, https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases/5402
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“Title 28, Chapter 23. School Health.” Pennsylvania Code, http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/028/chapter23/chap23toc.html