Occupational Health Program
The Occupational Health Program (OHP) partners with the employee, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), and Human Resources (HR) to understand working conditions and to ensure that precautions are taken to protect the university’s most valuable asset—our employees.
Work injury treatment provided by OHP is not filed as workers’ compensation and is not subject to the IMO Provider Network requirements. If OHP refers you for follow-up to an external provider, typically a workers’ compensation claim will be submitted to UT System and OHP will refer you to a provider in the IMO Provider Network.
- Health risk assessments for research animal work, lab safety programs, and higher risk work and activities. Health risk counseling for issues that may impact your job functions.
- Medical clearance and fit testing for job required respiratory protection
- Job specific TB screening, drug testing, vaccinations* and titers
- Treatment, management, and follow-up of work-related injuries and illnesses
- Fitness for duty consultations
HealthPoint OHP is located inside the North Office Building A (NOA) in Room 3.302.
Address: Occupational Health Program, 101 E. 27th St., Austin, TX 78713
Campus mail code: A9250
Main phone number: 512-471-4OHP (4647) Fax: 512-471-2666
Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.
For treatment during hours of closure, follow the guidelines below.
For emergency work-related injuries, call 911 and ask to be transported to the nearest hospital. If the injury involves an animal, chemical or biological exposure, request transport to a St. David's affiliated emergency room [PDF].
If urgent consultation with the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program is needed, please call 471-4OHP(4647) and press 1 to be connected to an on-call nurse.
For non-emergency injuries that require treatment during periods of OHP closure, you may select a treating health care provider from the IMO Workers’ Compensation Provider Network. In the Austin area, several in-network options include:
- Concentra Medical Centers
- MedSpring Urgent Care
- ProMed Medical Clinics
- St. David's Occupational Health Services
- Seton Occupational Health Clinic
- Texas MedClinic
To search for an in-network provider, visit the IMO Find a Provider website.
For employees living in an out-of-network county, contact IMO for assistance in selecting a provider at 1-877-772-4477, ext. 151.
For personal health care needs, contact your personal health care provider. Currently, the OHP only offers work-related health care services.
If you are a UT Select benefits participant and you have a question about a personal medical condition for yourself or a covered family member, you may call the Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurseline. This free service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 888-315-9473.
The OHP provides services to employees working with research animals and other hazards in a research setting. This service is referred to as the OHP-Labs program and is offered at no cost to the employee.
Enrollment is provided to researchers and personnel working with or exposed to:
- bio-hazardous materials such as human blood borne pathogens, cell lines or tissues.
- animals, animal cell lines, or tissues.
- hazardous materials such as chemical, physical or radiological agents that require medical attention and follow up.
Enrollment requirements vary by research protocol. You may be notified for an update by the eProtocol System or by OHP staff directly. To prevent delays in the eProtocol System, submit all required documents to OHP at least 72 hours in advance of the deadline.
Complete the following baseline form to enroll as a new program participant:
Fax or submit in person the completed Health Assessment Questionnaire for Personnel Working with Research Animals and Other Hazards.
Information about TB screening requirements is included on the Health Assessement Questionnaire.
The health assessment questionnaire will be reviewed by OHP staff, after which you may be contacted to discuss additional recommendations with the nurse. Let the nurse know if you would like to discuss other health concerns. There will be no cost to you as an employee for these services.
Complete the following steps to update your program enrollment:
- Fax or submit in person the OHP LABS Update Questionnaire [PDF]:
Annually for persons enrolled in OHP-Labs high risk categories.
Every three (3) years for persons enrolled in OHP-Labs low risk categories.
The questionnaire will be reviewed by OHP staff, after which you may be contacted to discuss additional recommendations with the nurse. Let the nurse know if you would like to discuss other health concerns. There will be no cost to you as an employee for these services.
Allergic reactions to animals are among the most common conditions affecting the health of employees involved in the care and use of research animals. The university has engineering, administrative and personal protection strategies in place to prevent the development of lab animal allergy (LAA). To learn more about the prevention of LAA at the university, read the Laboratory Animal Allergy Prevention and Information Guide.
Working in research requires dedicated attention to detail including the details involved in workplace safety practices that protect employees, students, university property and the community. Useful information sheets and manuals on biosafety topics including Bloodborne Pathogens, Lentivirus, Viral Vectors, Working with Wild Rodents, Working with Human Xenografts and many more topics are available on the EHS Biosafety website. Your department will also have lab specific safety procedures available to review and may require lab or protocol specific training.
Fieldwork is an important part of teaching and research at The University of Texas at Austin. Since fieldwork activities take you off campus, this guide is intended to help you plan and prepare for health and safety problems you might encounter in the field.
Information you provide to the Occupational Health Program is protected from unauthorized or indiscriminate release of personal health information, and medical records are maintained in a confidential manner and separate from department or Human Resources personnel records. Read our Notice of Privacy Practices [PDF].