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Employee Health: Pennsylvania

Employee Health requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Leanne Coffman, The Safety Training Solution LLC


  • Pennsylvania recognizes medical conditions, including dermal infections and inflammations, Hepatitis C and certain lung diseases as compensable under the state workers' compensation law. See Occupational Diseases.
  • Hepatitis C may be considered a work-sourced illness if contracted by firefighters or other persons with occupational exposure. See Presumptive Illnesses and Conditions.
  • Pennsylvania prohibits smoking in the majority of public places, including workplaces. See Smoking in the Workplace.
  • Pennsylvania permits the use of medical marijuana. See Medical Marijuana.
  • Pennsylvania has a Good Samaritan law, which provides conditional protection for those offering voluntary medical care. See Good Samaritan Law.
  • Philadelphia has requirements pertaining to smoking in the workplace. See Local Requirements.