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Saint Petersburg Occupational Health Services

While the state of Florida is known for taking a stand-off approach to enforcing occupational safety rules, such as vaccination requirements, following state, federal, and St. Petersburg workplace health guidelines can help protect both employers and employees.

From an employer standpoint, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment can help limit potential liability for employee injuries, illnesses, or deaths that occur during the course of their employment. In addition, taking care of employees’ needs can create better morale and may reduce employee turnover, sick calls, and workers’ compensation claims.

A safe workplace also benefits employees by reducing the number of work-related injuries or illnesses. Understanding how to access St. Petersburg occupational health services can also help employees take advantage of certain benefits and allow them to report an unsafe workplace before an accident, injury, or death occurs.

While there are very few St. Petersburg occupational health laws, there are some regulations on record that help protect the health and safety of police officers, firefighters, and the public.

For example, as of January 1, 2021, all newly hired officers with the St. Petersburg Police Department must pass the Cooper Standards of Fitness test annually. Requirements vary based on the employee’s age bracket.

To be accepted for employment with the St. Petersburg Fire Department, candidates must be deemed to be in good physical and mental health by a licensed physician, pass a controlled drug screening, be free from tobacco use for at least one year, and meet eye and vision requirements.

More recently, the state of Florida passed several occupational health laws to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying vaccine mandates. On November 18, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis passed House Bill 1-B, which prohibits private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations without opt-out provisions, and House Bill 3-B, which exempts employees who report employer COVID-19 vaccine violations from public-records requirements.

On the same day, Governor DeSantis initiated a plan for the state to exit the jurisdiction of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program by signing House Bill 5B into law. This will allow the state of Florida to create its own OSHA and provided the governor’s office with $1 million to create a proposal. It could be some time before Florida’s workplace occupational health program goes into effect. When it does, it still won’t fully free the state from the oversight of the federal OSHA.

Health Street offers a variety of Saint Petersburg 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 (727) 205-6067.

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Saint Petersburg Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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House Bill 1-B – states that employers may not require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they include an opt-out for religious or medical reasons or because the employee is immune, has elected to use personal protective equipment, or has agreed to submit to regular testing.
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House Bill 3-B – states that an employee who complains about a private employer’s violation of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination policies is exempt from the public records requirement.
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House Bill 5-B – sets into motion a plan to develop Florida’s own OSHA program and provides $1 million to fund the proposal.
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.

Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg, 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 Saint Petersburg 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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“Fitness Standards.” City of St. Petersburg Police Department, https://police.stpete.org/employment-officer/fitnessStandards.html
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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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“St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Application Packet – Section 1: Application Information, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, http://fire.stpete.org/ApplicationPacketSection1.pdf
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“Gov. DeSantis signs bill beginning the process of Florida’s exit from OSHA.” 10 Tampa Bay, 18 November 2021, https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/regional/florida/desantis-florida-osha-program/67-25f7f2c3-30aa-4a30-a287-df8e7f5c703a#:~:text=Under%20the%20new%20law%2C%20Florida,fully%20free%20from%20OSHA’s%20oversight.
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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