Ask the expert: Declining and then accepting the hepatitis B vaccination

By: September 20th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: If an employee initially declined the hepatitis B vaccination, must the employer make the vaccination available for free at a later date?

A:Yes, the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 1030 (f)(2)(iii) requires the employer to offer the hepatitis B vaccination at no cost to an employee who initially declined the vaccination, provided that the employee is still potentially exposed.

On OSHA violation report obtained by OSHA Healthcare Advisor shows that in healthcare facilities last year, the initial fine for a citation from the (f)(2) section of the standard averaged $1,065.

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By Kathy Orazietti on October 5th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Is the employer also required to pay for titer testing post vaccine series?

By David LaHoda on October 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

When providing the three-step hepatitis B vaccination series, the employer is required to pay for the post-vaccination titer. For an explanation and OSHA references, see Ask the expert: Who pays for the HBV titer?


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