Hepatitis B prevention and control, mandatory policy

1. Preliminary

DOLE Department Advisory No. 05, Series of 2010 (“DO-05”) is entitled: Hepatitis B Workplace Policy and Program Guidelines for the Implementation of a Workplace Policy and Program on Hepatitis B (the “Guidelines”)

Hepatitis B continues to be a major public health concern in the Philippines. Because it is transmitted through blood and body fluids, Hepatitis B is not spread through usual workplace activities. The job of most workers does not confer a risk for transmission of Hepatitis B. However, there are certain occupations which pose a higher risk of transmission of Hepatitis B because it involves exposure to potentially contaminated blood and body fluids. These would include occupations in the healthcare setting and other workers whose occupation involves the potential for exchange of bodily fluids. (Preliminary, DO-05)

Currently, many job applicants who are Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive are declared unfit to work without appropriate medical evaluation and counseling. These individuals are otherwise healthy and can be gainfully employed. Because the workplace is part of the larger community of Filipinos fighting the Hepatitis B epidemic, strategies need to be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of Hepatitis B in the workplace and eliminate discrimination against Hepatitis B positive workers. (Ibid.)

2. Coverage

The guideline[s]… apply to all workplaces in the private sector including their supply chain. (Section I, DO...

 



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