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Employee Occupational Health

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Through its Employee Occupational Health Program, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has led the way in:

  • Implementing policies for VHA on occupational health
  • Aligning healthcare occupational health in the Federal sector with national standards

The Employee Occupational Health Program has developed model program elements for Employee Occupational Health, using current clinical quality improvement programs to develop:

  • Evidence-based practices for medical surveillance
  • Pre-placement examinations and fitness for duty examinations
  • Medical clearance for Disaster Response Team members
  • Guidelines for the prevention and management of infectious diseases
  • Employee occupational health clinical treatment protocols

The Employee Occupational Health Program is also responsible for Occupational Health Infection Control. This program includes bloodborne pathogens, influenza vaccination, H1N1 flu vaccination, and multiple drug resistant staphylococcal aureus (MRSA).