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Advisory 97-08


The Executive Director, under the authority granted by the Texas Labor Code, Section 402.042, hereby issues:

TWCC Notice 9, Notice Regarding Certain Work-Related Communicable Diseases and Eligibility for Workers' Compensation Benefits. The Texas Workers' Compensation Commission adopted new rule 110.108, concerning notice to employees regarding exposure to certain communicable diseases. This new rule was adopted in conjunction with new rule 122.3 and 122.4, concerning the reporting and testing requirements for emergency responders and state employees regarding exposure to certain communicable disease and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The new rule was adopted to provide notice to employees of requirements set out in the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Each employer covered by workers' compensation insurance, including state and political subdivision employers, that employs emergency medical service employees, paramedics, fire fighters, law enforcement officers or correctional officers must post the notice, in accordance with rule 110.108, in the personnel office, if the employer has a personnel office, and in the workplace where employees are likely to read the notice on a regular basis. This notice will inform employees of exposure reporting and disease testing requirements which may affect qualifying for workers' compensation benefits.

Signed this the 30th day of October, 1997

Robert M. Marquette, Acting Executive Director

Distribution: TWCC Staff, Austin Carrier Representatives, Public Information List