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Spokane Occupational Health Services

Spokane occupational health services are primarily regulated under Washington State’s OSHA plan, which has been in place since January 1973. The plan is administered by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and the Department of Labor and Industries.

Both employers and employees benefit from following workplace occupational health guidelines. By ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and Spokane workplace health regulations, employers can limit their liability for work-related accidents and illnesses. When employers provide a safe and healthy working environment, this also helps improve employee morale and may reduce turnover, sick calls, and workers’ compensation claims.

When employees follow occupational health regulations, they minimize the chances of suffering a work-related injury or illness and are less likely to unintentionally create an unsafe workplace for their co-workers.

There are many occupational health laws and guidelines in place, many of which are designed to ensure employees are physically healthy enough to meet the demands of their jobs. For example, the City of Spokane requires pre-employment physicals for all job applicants. The scope of the physicals varies depending on the type of work required, and the physical may only be used to ensure the applicant’s physical ability to perform the job-related functions.

If the physical finds that there would be a “direct threat” to the safety and health of others or a high probability of “substantial harm” to the applicant while performing the job, then the job applicant may be rejected.

Applicants to the City of Spokane Police Department must also pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination, and applicants to the Spokane Fire Department must undergo Candidate Physical Ability Testing (CPAT) prior to applying.

Some occupational health laws are designed to protect workers in environments that are known to be dangerous. One example of this is Washington state’s Respiratory Protection Program (RPP), a federal and state OSHA requirement to protect workers from exposure to respiratory hazards.

The state of Washington also has several laws regulating tuberculosis (TB) testing for employees in multiple industries including early learning, child care, and healthcare providers.

One of the most recent state occupational health mandates was passed on August 20, 2021, when Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Proclamation 21-14.1 into law, requiring all healthcare workers, employees in educational settings, and employees of state agencies to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.

To register for Spokane 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 (509) 303-4373.

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Spokane Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Proclamation 21-14.1 – prohibited any employees of state agencies, educational settings, and healthcare providers from returning to work after October 18, 2021, without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The proclamation allowed employers to grant exemptions for sincerely held religious beliefs and for qualifying disabilities.
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RCW 70.24.340 – allows any employee at risk of exposure to a bloodborne pathogen as part of their line of duty (such as law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, firefighters, etc.) who has experienced an exposure to another person’s bodily fluids in the course of employment to request bloodborne pathogen testing for that person’s bodily fluids.
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WAC 296-842 Respirator Rule – sets guidelines to ensure the safe voluntary use of respirators in the workplace.
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WAC 296-841 Airborne Contaminants Rule provides safety standards and rules for employee exposure to airborne contaminants.
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WAC 170-295-1120 – requires all employees at childcare centers to have a TB test or meet one of the listed exceptions before starting work.
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.

Spokane Antibody Testing

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, antibody testing has become increasingly common in Spokane. 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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“Washington State Plan.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/wa
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“Pre-Employment Physicals.” City of Spokane, https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/opendata/policies/admin-0620-09-02.pdf
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“Police Jobs.” City of Spokane Police Department, https://my.spokanecity.org/police/officer/jobs/#:~:text=All%20applicants%3A&text=All%20successful%20candidates%20who%20have,be%20a%20United%20States%20citizen.
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“Spokane Fire Department – Firefighter.” Public Safety Testing, 24 March 2022, https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/departments/spokane/firefighter-91
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“Respiratory Protection Program Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities.” Washington State Department of Health, February 2022, https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-03/420-385-LTCRespiratoryProtectionGuidance.pdf
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“Washington State Tuberculosis Laws.” Washington State Department of Health, 2014, https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Documents/Pubs//343-119-WATBLaws.pdf
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“21-14.1 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.” State of Washington Office of Governor, https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-14.1%20-%20COVID-19%20Vax%20Washington%20Amendment.pdf
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“RCW 70.24.340 Employees’ substantial exposure to bodily fluids-Procedure and court orders.” Washington State Legislature, https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=70.24.340
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“Chapter 296-842 WAC – Respirators.” Washington State Legislature, https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-842
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“Chapter 296-841 WAC – Airborne Contaminants.” Washington State Legislature, https://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-841
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“Title 170 WAC – Department of Early Learning; Chapter 170-01 – Disclosure of Public Records” Washington State Legislature, https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?dispo=true&cite=170