Texas Medical Treatment laws & HR compliance analysis

Texas Medical Treatment: What you need to know

There are no state laws requiring employers to have a dispensary at the worksite or to keep a doctor or nurse on call to treat workplace injuries. However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Texas workplace safety and health in the private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations), requires every employer to ensure that medical personnel are readily available for advice and consultation and that when an infirmary, clinic, or hospital is not within close proximity to the workplace, there is an individual (or individuals) who are adequately trained to administer first aid. Employers are responsible for making decisions about the details of emergency medical care in their workplaces, depending upon the size of the business, the kinds of hazards present, the history of accidents, and the costs of various options (29 CFR 1910.151).
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Texas has incorporated by reference the federal medical treatment rules, but only as guidance for public sector (government offices and operations) workplaces. Violations of the rule in the public sector workplace are not enforceable as an administrative action. Medical treatment rules are administered by the Department of Health (TX Admin. Code Sec. 295.109).
Under the Texas workers' compensation laws, employers must provide whatever treatment is necessary for workers injured on the job, including medical, surgical, nursing, and hospital services. Workers' compensation pays the costs of treatment without ...

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