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Portland Occupational Health Services

Portland workplace health regulations help ensure a safe and healthy working environment. This benefits workers by minimizing the chances of a workplace injury, illness, or even death. By ensuring strict adherence to Portland occupational health guidelines, employers can also significantly decrease their potential liability and receive the advantage of a happier and more productive workforce. Employers who follow workplace occupational health rules typically have fewer worker compensation claims and fewer employee absences.

It’s important for employees to be familiar with their rights and responsibilities under the applicable Portland occupational health rules. This will help them understand how to handle the reporting of unsafe working conditions and how to access Portland occupational health services.

There are many Portland occupational health guidelines—some set at the state level, and others by the city itself. State law ORS 659A.133 prohibits employers from conducting a medical examination of job applicants, stating that this is considered discrimination. However, employers may require an exam after an official offer of employment has been made. In addition, Oregon law requires a physical examination, along with many other standards, as a condition of employment as a police officer in the state.

Some Oregon employees that drive for a living are required to have a commercial driver’s license. To obtain this license, they must meet a certain level of physical fitness and receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate following a physical exam. This certificate is valid for up to two years.

Other important state occupational health laws include the requirement for employers in industries where employees are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous gases or airborne materials to receive no-cost access to respirators, training, and medical evaluations and the requirement for healthcare facilities to follow recommended tuberculosis screening guidelines.

To register for Portland 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 (971) 266-4489.

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Portland Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Chapter 654 – provides state guidelines for occupational safety and health in places of employment.
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ORS 659A.133 – states that conducting a medical examination of a job applicant is considered employment discrimination. Employers may require a medical examination after an offer of employment has been made as long as it is done in a manner that is not discriminatory and under strict policies to protect the candidate’s privacy.
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ORS 259-008-0010 – provides minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer, including a required medical examination to prove the physical fitness level needed to perform the duties of the job.
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49 CFR 391.41 – outlines physical requirements for a commercial motor vehicle driver. In addition to this, the city of Portland and the state of Oregon mandates that commercial drivers maintain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which requires periodic physical examinations. There are some exemptions to this law, including for certain drivers of farm machinery, pipeline welding trucks and beekeepers.
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1910.134 – requires employers in industries where employees are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous gases, vapors, dust, mites, and other dangerous airborne particles to provide respirators, training, and medical evaluations at no cost to employees.
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333-019-0041 – requires healthcare facilities to formally assess the risk of TB among staff and patients annually and follow recommended TB screening guidelines.
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.

Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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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“Chapter 659A – Unlawful Discrimination in Employment, Public Accommodations and Real Property Transactions; Administrative and Civil Enforcement.” Oregon Legislature, https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors659a.html
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“259-008-0010. Minimum Standards for Employment as a Law Enforcement Officer or Utilization as a Reserve Officer.” Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Secretary of State, https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=273627
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“Chapter 654 – Occupational Safety and Health.” Oregon Legislature, https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors654.html
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“Oregon Fact Sheet – Respiratory Protection.” Oregon OSHA, https://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/factsheets/fs06.pdf
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“333-019-0041. Other Diseases Specific Provisions: Tuberculosis.” Oregon Secretary of State, https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=284410
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“CDL/CLP Medical Examination & Physical Qualifications.” Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services, https://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/driverid/cdlmedex.aspx
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“Part 391 – Qualifications of Drivers and Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) Driver Instructors.” Code of Federal Regulations, https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-49/subtitle-B/chapter-III/subchapter-B/part-391