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Wichita Occupational Health Services

Wichita occupational health rules and mandates benefit both employers and their employees. Adhering to all applicable rules helps protect employers from liability. Creating a safe and healthy work environment also improves employee morale. Employers who follow workplace health guidelines may also notice that their employees call in sick less often and that they have fewer workers’ compensation claims.

Wichita occupational health services are provided through the Kansas Department of Labor. These services are designed to help employers adhere to occupational health laws and include free resources to assist private sector employers with learning about potential worksite hazards and how to improve their health and safety management practices.

Wichita workplace health mandates also benefit employees by helping them avoid accidental injuries on the job and manage health risks caused by unsafe working conditions. Understanding occupational safety rules can also help prevent employees from unintentionally creating workplace hazards for themselves and their coworkers. In addition, knowing how to report violations can help ensure they’re corrected before someone is hurt or killed.

Many Wichita occupational health rules are specifically designed to protect workers performing high-risk jobs. For example, as part of the application process, the city of Wichita requires a Police Applicant Physical Fitness Test for all candidates for the police force. In addition, after a conditional offer for employment is made, candidates must submit to a medical physical and a psychological examination.

Similarly, recruits for the Wichita Fire Department must also pass a pre-employment physical, including a drug screening. In addition, all corrections workers in the state of Kansas must submit to a pre-employment physical examination, including a TB screening and a drug test.

The state of Kansas also requires all school district employees who regularly come into contact with students to submit a certificate of health stating that they don’t have any physical conditions that could cause harm to students and that they are free from Tuberculosis.

In addition to these long-standing occupational health guidelines, the state also recently addressed workplace occupational health concerns surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations. This led to the passing of House Bill 2001 on November 22, 2021.

This new law requires employers who require COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment to exempt “without punitive action,” any employee who submits a written waiver request stating that compliance would either endanger their life or health or violate sincerely held religious beliefs. This bill also created a process for dealing with complaints of noncompliance, including an investigation, enforcement actions, and civil penalties.

To register for Wichita 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 (316) 350-7059.

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Wichita Occupational Health Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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2012 Statute Article 52 – every board of education must require all school district employees who come into regular contact with students to submit a certificate of health stating they have no physical conditions that could threaten the health, safety, or welfare of pupils and that they are free from tuberculosis.
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House Bill 2001 – employers who require COVID-19 vaccinations must accept valid written waiver requests from employees “without punitive action.” Also defines a complaint investigation process, enforcement actions, and civil penalties for non-compliance.
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.

Wichita 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 Wichita 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 Wichita, 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 Wichita 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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Kansas Department of Labor, Industrial Safety and Health Division, https://www.dol.ks.gov/ish
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“Application Process.” Wichita Police Department Recruiting, https://www.wichita.gov/WPD/Recruitment/Pages/Application.aspx
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“Police Applicant Physical Fitness Test.” Wichita Police Department Recruiting, https://www.wichita.gov/WPD/Recruitment/Pages/Fitness.aspx
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“Fire Recruit.” City of Wichita Human Resources, https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wichita/classspecs/769491
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“Corrections Officer.” Kansas Department of Corrections, https://www.doc.ks.gov/employment/corrections-officer
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“2012 Statute: Article 52. Health Programs.” Kansas Legislature, http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/072_000_0000_chapter/072_052_0000_article/072_052_0013_section/072_052_0013_k/
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“Unemployment FAQs: What is House Bill 2001?” Kansas Department of Labor, https://dol.ks.gov/-/what-is-house-bill-2001-