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Rochester Occupational Health Services

The state of New York has its own workplace occupational health state plan, known as the New York Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau, which is part of the New York Department of Labor. This plan has been in place since 2006 and it covers all state and local government workers in the state. Private-sector employers in the state fall under the jurisdiction of the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and are also required to comply with applicable state and local occupational safety laws.

Strictly adhering to all federal, state, and Rochester occupational health rules can benefit both employers and employees. For example, in the unfortunate situation where an employee is injured, contracts an illness, or is killed due to a workplace hazard, an employer who can show adherence to OSHA guidelines may be able to limit his or her liability. Ensuring a safe and healthy working environment is also good for business. Doing so can help limit employee absences, reduce workers’ compensation claims, and improve overall employee morale.

In addition, employees who follow workplace safety rules are less likely to suffer a work-related injury, illness, or death. Understanding how to access Rochester occupational health services may also allow employees to report workplace hazards before an illness, injury, or death occurs.

Some Rochester occupational health rules are designed to reduce the chances of employee injuries on the job due to a lack of physical ability. These rules can also protect employees from inadvertently creating an unsafe work environment for their coworkers. For example, candidates for the Rochester Police Department and the City of Rochester Fire Department must complete a physical agility test and, prior to being hired, must also submit to a medical review conducted by a qualified physician or practitioner.

There are also a variety of federal, state, and Rochester workplace health guidelines in place to protect workers from contracting and/or spreading vaccine-preventable diseases they may come into contact with during the course of their employment. This includes laws requiring TB screening programs for healthcare workers, requiring hospitals to require employees to provide proof of immunization against rubella and measles as a condition of employment, and requiring public employers to offer hepatitis B vaccines to all public employees who have occupational exposure

To register for Rochester 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 (585) 312-2796.

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Rochester Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 12, § 800.3 and 29 CFR § 1910.1030 – requires employers to make hepatitis B vaccines and vaccination series available to all public employees who have occupational exposure. Routine boosters must also be made available if recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service.
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N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 10, § 405.3 – requires hospitals to require all personnel to provide a certificate of immunization against rubella and measles as a condition of employment.
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DAL DHCBS 20-14 – requires a baseline TB screening for healthcare workers. This includes an initial test to rule out active TB before placing home care personnel on a case. It also requires an annual risk assessment and testing if there are symptoms suggestive of TB disease or a new risk of infection.
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.

Rochester Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Rochester. 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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“Updated Annual TB Screening Requirements.” Greater New York Hospital Association, 17 December 2020, https://www.gnyha.org/news/updated-annual-tb-screening-requirements/#:~:text=The%20advisory%20(attached)%20on%20the,or%20new%20risk%20for%20infection.
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“New York State Plan.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/ny
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“Join the Rochester Police Department.” City of Rochester, https://www.cityofrochester.gov/joinrpd/
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“FAQ About the Rochester Fire Department Recruitment.” City of Rochester, https://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589968958
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“State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients – Immunization Administration Requirements For Hospital Employees.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/AdministrationbyPatientType.asp?PatientTypetmp=Hospital%20Employees
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“DHCBS 21-05 – TB Testing Clarification.” New York Department of Health, 6 April 2021, https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/home_care/dal/docs/21-05.pdf