Work Vaccination Programs
Work Health Professionals provide onsite workplace vaccinations in Perth. We set up your Vaccination Program, coordinate pre-vaccination immunity screening, and manage all of your vaccination records.
In line with your ‘Duty of Care’ under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, you have a requirement to provide a workplace vaccination program to protect those workers at risk of exposure to infectious diseases. You are required to provide free of charge work vaccinations for workers who have an exposure risk to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD’s), such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and tetanus.
Work Health Professionals will fully manage your Vaccination Program.
“Where workers are at significant occupational risk of acquiring a vaccine-preventable disease, the employer should implement a comprehensive occupational vaccination program, which includes a vaccination policy, current staff vaccination records, provision of information about the relevant vaccine-preventable diseases, and the management of vaccine refusal (e.g. reducing the risk of a healthcare worker transmitting disease to vulnerable persons). Employers should take all reasonable steps to encourage non-immune workers to be vaccinated.”- The Australian Immunisation Handbook (2017)
In Perth, our vaccination program experience includes:
- Health Care Worker vaccinations
- Aged Care worker vaccinations
- Local government worker vaccinations
- Waste management and wastewater worker vaccinations
- Cleaners vaccinations
- Medical research and scientist vaccinations
- Construction worker vaccinations
- Workplace Flu vaccinations
Work Health Professionals onsite workplace vaccinations can be tailored to meet your specific organisation’s and workers needs and exposures. Call us to find out which vaccinations are recommended for your industry and job roles.
As part of your risk assessment for infectious diseases, you should review any roles and duties that may involve exposure to human tissue, blood or body fluids, and/or potential exposure to used needles and other sharps such as broken glass and blades.
If you have already made a booking, you can find the Workplace Vaccine information sheets here.
Setting up a workplace vaccination program
The most common onsite vaccination programs we provide include Hepatitis A and/or Hepatitis B vaccinations, tetanus, whooping cough, MMR, varicella and flu.
We coordinate any pre-vaccination serological screening (blood tests), work out who requires what vaccination, and manage all of your onsite vaccination clinics and records.
Hepatitis B vaccinations
Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for any workers who may be exposed to blood or other body fluids (not including saliva). The risk of infection by hepatitis B varies considerably according to the work environment. Hepatitis B vaccinations are specifically recommended for staff who work in health care, disability services, correctional facilities and emergency services, as well as for cleaners, embalmers, funeral workers, gardeners, security staff, and waste and recycling workers.
Where there is a significant risk of contracting Hepatitis B at work, a vaccination protocol should be included in your workplace policy for prevention and control of infectious disease.
- A course of 3 vaccines given over a 6 month period.
- The dosing schedule is day 0, 4 weeks later and then at 6 months.
- Pre-vaccination serological testing is recommended for Hepatitis B
- this involves a blood test which identifies those workers who are already immune to the Hepatitis B virus (from previous vaccinations or previous exposure). These individuals will not require vaccination. Booster doses of vaccine are not routinely required.
- Post-vaccination testing (for health-care workers)
- this is to confirm immunity
- usually done 4 to 8 weeks after the 3rd dose
- is only recommended for workers whose work involves frequent exposure to blood and body fluids (ie: healthcare workers), or in people with an impaired immune system.
Hepatitis A and B immunisations can be given as a combined vaccination where required – this vaccine is known as Twinrix. Find out more on who needs both Hep A and Hep B immunity and if this vaccine could be an option for your workers.
WorkSafe resources for Hepatitis B workplace vaccinations
- WorkSafe have produced a useful Hepatitis B Q&A document looking at Hepatitis B in the workplace.
- You can also refer to the National Code of Practice for the Control of Work-related Exposure to Hepatitis and HIV (Blood-borne) Viruses [NOHSC:2010(2003)]
- As this can get confusing, we are happy to help answer any of your questions on where to start with a Hep B vaccination program.
Hepatitis A vaccinations
Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended for plumbing and sewage workers, people who work in childcare and preschools, disability and aged care facilities, sex workers and workers living in or visiting rural and remote Indigenous communities or developing countries. This includes some health care workers.
- Hepatitis A vaccinations involve a course of 2 vaccines given over a 6-12 month period for long term protection.
Vaccinations for wastewater/sewage workers
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations for these workers.
- Hepatitis B vaccination may also be considered, especially if working with untreated water.
- Where required on a risk basis, Hepatitis A vaccination should be provided free of charge to employees.
Like with Hepatitis B, if your workers require immunity to Hepatitis A (and are unable to provide evidence via immunisation history or serology results), we recommend pre-vaccination immunity screening. WHP will coordinate and manage this to identify those workers who require vaccinations for protective immunity.
Tetanus is caused by a bacterium found in soil. The bacteria can enter wounds and produce a neurotoxin that acts on the central nervous system to cause muscle rigidity with painful spasms. Tetanus-containing vaccines prevent disease by making antibodies that bind to the toxin, rather than the bacteria.
- Tetanus vaccination, often referred to as a tetanus booster, is one vaccination and is required every 10 years.
Whooping Cough (pertussis) vaccinations
Whooping cough is an extremely contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The disease causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting, which can last for several months and can be particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months.
- A single booster dose of pertussis containing vaccine (ie: Boostrix or Adacel) is recommended for all adults who work in healthcare and with young children especially childcare workers if they have not received the vaccine in the previous 10 years.
- TA 10 year booster dose is recommended
Work Health Professionals provide onsite flu vaccinations in Perth and at various workplaces around WA.
Our accredited nurse vaccinators will come to your office, work site, training room, mine site, meeting venue or any head office location to provide quick and easy onsite flu vaccinations for your staff. Our simple online booking system means the organisation at your end is easy. We do all the work!
We will keep you informed as to how many people have booked in for their flu vaccination in the lead up to your flu vaccination program. We will also send you a completed list of those who attended and received their flu vaccination so you can review numbers and participation rates against previous years, for easy reporting.
See more on our onsite flu vaccination service in Perth and WA
If you are not sure what is required for your workplace vaccinations, please give us a call.