Thank you, ***** ***** understand your concerns.
Normally, an employee does not have the right to refuse job tasks and be protected in their employment. However, an exception can arise to this general rule under the Occupational Safety and Health Act when there is a real danger of death or serious injury. When an employee exercises their right to refuse work under OSHA, they are protected from retaliation. See here to read more about this OSHA rule.
Generally, it's unwise to involve legal counsel at such an early stage, as doing so can inflame the situation and make it less likely that you can resolve this matter amicably with your employer, which should be your goal. The better course is to explain at your meeting, and subsequently in writing, why you refused this patient and why your refusal constitutes a protected refusal under OSHA. At this point, there is no reason to believe that you were be terminated or face discipline, and so there is no need to make threats or be overly aggresive in justifying your actions. It is best to keep things polite and cordial but explain very firmly why you refuse the work and that your refusal is protected under OSHA. That, typically, would be the best course of action under the circumstances you describe.
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