Q&A: Home care and hepatitis B and TB protection

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 12, 2011

Q: In home care, are nurses and other staff providing care to patients in their homes required to take hepatitis B shots and the TB skin test?

A: No healthcare worker is required to take a hepatitis shot, but the employer would be required to offer it to employees whose job duties place them in reasonable or anticipated occupational exposure to blood or OPIM.

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