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

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) [1] 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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