Ask the expert: Employer says no to providing free hepatitis B vaccinations

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 30, 2011

Q: Are the owners of an assisted living facility required to offer hepatitis B vaccinations free of charge? They claim they are not required by law to offer the vaccine for free, only to direct employees where to go to get the vaccine.

A: OSHA doesn't determine what standards apply by business type but by the hazards present in the workplace.

Employers with employees having the potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens must make the hepatitis B vaccination available at no cost to the employee, according to section (f)(1)(ii)(B) of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

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