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San Diego Occupational Health Services

Workplace occupational health is crucial to the safety and health of employees and the protection of employers. In San Diego, workplace occupational health ensures employees receive personal protective equipment, safety equipment they need for their jobs, safe machines and equipment, protection from harmful chemicals, the right training they need to be safe in the workplace, and protection from communicable diseases. San Diego workplace health applies to any industries that are at high risk for accidents, injuries, disease exposures, and exposure to harmful chemicals. Examples of industries that benefit from workplace occupational health include construction, healthcare, and transportation. Employers can ensure the safety of their workers by utilizing San Diego occupational health services.

San Diego is part of California’s largest OSHA plan in the nation, administered by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA. In 2019 alone, Cal/OSHA was responsible for citing 18,896 hazards, which created safer working conditions for over 8.4 million employees in California and a fatality rate lower than the national rate. The plan assists San Diego occupational health services by setting and enforcing standards; providing education, outreach, and assistance; and issuing approvals, registrations, permits, licenses, and certifications.

Health Street offers a variety of San Diego 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 (858) 221-4336.

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San Diego Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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San Diego occupational health laws require employers to report COVID-19 outbreaks. Employers must notify employees who may have been exposed to the virus and report outbreaks to the local health department. An outbreak is considered three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the workplace within a 14-day period. This San Diego occupational health law applies to all public and private employers except for healthcare facilities.
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Employment physicals may be used as part of San Diego occupation health services, but only during the job offer, post-job offer, and during employment. Employers may not require applicants to pay for the medical exam and may not deduct or withhold any compensation.
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California law requires that all healthcare workers and employees that face occupational exposures be offered the hepatitis B vaccine unless the employee has received the full hepatitis B vaccine series or antibody testing showing immunity.
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San Diego occupational health and the state of California require all general acute care hospitals to offer the annual influenza vaccine at no cost to the employee. Employees of acute care hospitals must receive the influenza vaccine or sign a document stating they have declined it. California Code Regs. tit. 8, § 5199 states that employers must make seasonal influenza vaccines available to employees with occupational exposure and ensure that employees that decline the vaccine sign a statement of vaccine declination.
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Employers of healthcare workers and those at high risk for aerosol transmission are required to assess for latent tuberculosis (TB) in all employees with occupational exposure, according to the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5199. TB testing and screening must be performed annually to ensure the employee’s health and reduce the risk of disease outbreaks in the workplace.
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California Code Regs., tit. 8, § 3205 states that employers must offer COVID-19 testing to fully-vaccinated employees after close contact with someone with COVID-19.
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.

San Diego Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in San Diego. 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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“Cal/OSHA.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/
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“AB-685 COVID-19: imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations.” California Legislative Information, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB685
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“San Diego Workplace Safety and Health.” Gerald Brody & Associates, https://www.geraldbrodylaw.com/workplace-safety-and-health
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“COVID-19 Outbreak Data.” California Department of Public Health, 4 March 2022, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19-Outbreak-Data.aspx
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“AB 685 COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Reporting Requirements.” California Department of Public Health, 10 December 2020, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/ab685.aspx
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“Labor Code, Division 2 – Employment Regulation and Supervision, Part 1 – Compensation, Chapter 1, Article 1. General Occupations.” California Legislative Information, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=222.5.&lawCode=LAB
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“§ 5193. Bloodborne Pathogens.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5193.html
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“Health and Safety Code, Division 2. Licensing Provisions, Chapter 2. Health Facilities, Article 3.5. Hospital Infectious Disease Control Program.” California Legislative Information, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=1288.7.&lawCode=HSC
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“California Code Regs. tit. 8, § 5199.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5199.html
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“California Code Regs., tit. 8, § 3205.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3205.html
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“State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients – Immunization Administration Requirements for State: CA.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/Administration.asp?statetmp=CA
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“Health Care Personnel TB Screening Resources.” California Tuberculosis Controllers Association, 31 August 2021, https://ctca.org/guidelines/healthcarepersonnel/
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“Revisions to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (effective January 14, 2022) Frequently Asked Questions.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Revisions-FAQ.html