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Washington DC Occupational Health Services

In the U.S. capital of Washington DC, both private and public employers are required to follow workplace occupational health regulations. Numerous regulations were put in place under federal law to create various forms of employee workplace protections that work to prevent illness and injury among workers. Washington DC occupational health services and laws can be used to mitigate workplace concerns through hazard identification and regulation.

Through the implementation of workplace occupational health best practices, Washington DC employers have the ability to reduce the frequency of workplace injury and illness. Reducing such occurrences can help keep employment levels high, overall aiding in more consistent business productivity. Likewise, a low rate of worker-related injuries and illness can also contribute to lower workers’ compensation insurance premium costs.

As the capital of the United States, Washington DC occupational health regulations are governed by federal regulation. The Washington DC Office of Occupational Safety and Health uses guidance set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to promote a safe workplace through ongoing monitoring and regulation. To better understand Washington DC workplace health regulations that may impact your industry, read more below.

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Washington DC Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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In 1988, Washington DC enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act to create protections for employees through workplace regulation and enforcement. The Washington DC Occupational Safety and Health Act created a council to monitor and inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions. This legislation also established various fines and penalties that employers could face if found in violation of Washington DC occupational health rule.
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Under the current workplace occupational health code, Washington DC hospital personnel are required to comply with employee physical and tuberculosis (TB) testing mandates to maintain employment. According to Washington DC Municipal Regulation 2017.1, all personnel involved in duties that include direct patient care must undergo an employee physical within 30 days of job placement and every two years after. This employee’s physical examination must additionally include a tuberculosis test. Using current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, routine TB testing is not required unless a heightened risk of TB exposure is present.
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With Washington DC following federal regulation, OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen exposure workplace regulation must be followed by employers. According to OSHA Standard 1910.1030, Washington DC employers must follow a wide variety of protocols, including the implementation of an Exposure Control Plan used to protect employees from the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. In the event of possible exposure, an employee is also required to provide resources to a hepatitis B vaccination as well as post-exposure resources, including an antibody test used to measure the individual’s level of immunity to hepatitis B.
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With Washington DC employers facing federal regulation, employees who must possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for work purposes are subject to a DOT medical exam. This exam includes an employee physical consisting of a hearing and vision test, urinalysis, and a physical examination. Test results will be used to determine if it’s safe for an individual to possess a CDL, where they can then be provided a medical certificate to move forward with the licensing process.
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.

Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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 Washington DC, 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 Washington DC 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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“Occupational Safety and Health.” District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, https://does.dc.gov/service/occupational-safety-and-health
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“D.C. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1988.” Council of the District of Columbia, https://code.dccouncil.us/us/dc/council/laws/7-186
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“Tuberculosis Screening for Health Care Personnel.” Government of the District of Columbia, https://dchealth.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/service_content/attachments/Tuberculosis%20Screening%20for%20Health%20Care%20Personnel%20060619.pdf
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“1910.1030 – Bloodborne pathogens.” United States Department of Labor, https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1030
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“DOT Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/dot-medical-exam-and-commercial-motor-vehicle-certification