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San Francisco Occupational Health Services

San Francisco occupational health plans are crucial for employers to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, preventing accidents and injuries among their employees. Workplace occupational health regulations also protect employers by helping them to maintain compliance with these laws. In San Francisco, occupational health services include education and training, pre-employment physicals and screenings, vaccinations or titer testing, and guidance on avoiding hazardous chemical and disease exposures in the workplace. San Francisco employers must ensure their employees receive proper training, safe work equipment, and safe working conditions free from hazards.

The San Francisco Department of Health‘s Department of Human Resources adopted an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for all San Francisco city and county workers. The goal of the program is to maintain injury- and illness-free workplaces by identifying hazards, correcting the hazards, investigating accidents and injuries, offering proper health and safety training to employers and employees, and ensuring employee compliance.

Health Street offers a variety of San Francisco 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 (415) 233-4549.

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San Francisco Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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San Francisco occupational health regulations require employers to establish, implement, and maintain a written injury and illness prevention program (IIPP), as described in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 3203. The plan must address management commitment and assignment of responsibilities, hazard assessment, hazard correction; accident, injury and exposure investigation, employee communications and compliance, recordkeeping, and health and safety training.
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San Francisco occupational health law § 5193 (Bloodborne Pathogens) requires employers to make available the hepatitis B vaccine series to employees with occupational risk for exposure after the employee receives the proper training. Employees that do not require the vaccine are those that have already had the hepatitis B vaccine series or that had antibody testing to determine immunity to hepatitis B. Titer testing (antibody testing) can be used by employers to avoid duplicate or unnecessary vaccinations and to ensure safety in the workplace.
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As per HSC Article 3.5, acute care hospital employers in San Francisco must offer the annual influenza vaccine to all employees at no cost to them. Acute care hospital employers must require hospital employees to receive the annual influenza vaccine and if an employee declines, the employer must obtain the declination in writing.
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According to General Industry Safety Orders §5199 (Aerosol Transmissible Diseases), all healthcare employers in San Francisco must offer at-risk employees vaccinations for seasonal influenza, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), varicella, and tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap). Employees that decline a vaccination must submit a signed declination statement.
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San Francisco workplace health regulations require San Francisco Police applicants to undergo background checks, vision and hearing screenings, psychological examinations, drug testing, and physical examinations.
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San Francisco employees at high risk for aerosol transmission must be assessed for latent tuberculosis (TB). Employers must ensure annual TB testing and screening to ensure the health and safety of employees and reduce the risk of tuberculosis outbreaks in the workplace.
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According to Assembly Bill No. 685, employers must notify employees that were exposed to COVID-19 and also report COVID -19 outbreaks. Outbreaks include at least three confirmed cases of COVID -19 within the workplace in a 14-day period for non-healthcare facilities.
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 Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco 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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“Employee Safety.” San Francisco Department of Public Health, https://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/knowlcol/osh/employeesafety.asp
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“Injury and Illness Prevention Program.” San Francisco Department of Human Resources, https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Workers-Compensation/Injury-and-Illness-Prevention-Program.pdf
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“§3203. Injury and Illness Prevention Program.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3203.html
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“Immunization Administration Requirements For State: CA.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/Administration.asp
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“Application and Selection Procedures.” San Francisco Police, https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/your-sfpd/careers/sworn-job-openings/application-and-selection-procedures
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“§5199. Aerosol Transmissible Diseases.” California Department of Industrial Relations, https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5199.html
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“AB-685 COVID-19: imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations.” California Legislature, https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB685