Safety

Q&A: HBV vacation and summer employment

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 2, 2009

Q: Must an employer offer the hepatitis B vaccination to a summer employee who will not be employed long enough to complete the three-shot series.?

A: Yes, an OSHA letter of interpretation addressing employment in summer camps and retreat centers confirms that employers must offer the vaccination to occupationally exposed workers, and this interpretation of the standard would apply to a healthcare facility.

Read the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Ask the Expert post for more considerations on this situation.

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