Occupational Health Program

OHP COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep our employees safe, it is important that employees and managers report symptoms and testing regardless of test results to OHP as soon as possible.

Contact us: 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu to report COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 tests regardless of test results.

The Occupational Health Program is currently monitoring employees who have tested positive or a presumed positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is receiving daily check-ins from those employees impacted. Any employee who has tested positive, believes they may have COVID-19, or is returning from international travel should contact OHP at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu.

Employees (faculty and staff) who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their test results, should not return to on-campus work for:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Employees should practice self-isolation (PDF) during this time. Employees should report that they were tested for COVID-19 to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result.

If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should report their symptoms to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless if they have been yet been tested for COVID-19.

After initially contacting OHP to report a COVID-19 test (regardless of test result) or symptoms, the impacted employee will check in virtually with OHP daily through a Symptom Tracking tool while the employee practices self-isolation or self-quarantine. See helpful guide on How To Self-Quarantine.

Employees (faculty and staff) who test positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return to on-campus work after:

  • 10 days have passed since test.

Employees (faculty and staff) who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, or persons who have traveled internationally, but do not develop symptoms, should self-quarantine and cannot return to campus for:

  • 14 days after their exposure or after returning from their trip

Employees should self-quarantine during this time. Employees should report that they are a close contact to a COVID positive person or that they have traveled internationally to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result.

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

It is important for all colleges, schools, and units (CSUs) to work through OHP. CSUs and building managers should not take steps to close buildings, floors, or send employees home without working through OHP. These employees will use their federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) during their period of self-quarantine. If they become positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact at a later date, these employees will need to contact their local HR representative for leave guidance.

What happens when OHP is notified of an employee (faculty and staff) who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive?

OHP will provide campus and public health guidance on self-quarantine, self-isolation and tracking criteria, assist with notification of close contacts, review leave options and establish return to work criteria. OHP will monitor the employees and employees will be required to check in daily with OHP using an online Symptom Tracking tool. OHP will identify UT-connected close contacts and reach out directly to any employee identified as having close contact with another employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive. This includes employees who are teleworking. Those who practice adequate social distancing and wear face coverings will most likely not be considered a close contact.

For more information, review “The Process for Reporting COVID-19” infographic (PDF).

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

What does it mean to be a close contact?

A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a prolonged period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a waiting room/meeting space, working in shared workspaces or having direct contact with infectious secretions, i.e. being coughed on. Those who practice adequate social distancing and wear face coverings will most likely not be considered a close contact.

If you are not considered a close contact, but worked on the same floor or in the same building, are there any actions to take?

Employees who worked in close proximity but did not have direct contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or who is presumed positive, should self-monitor. Self-monitoring means that you should monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, then self-isolate, limit contact with others, seek advice (CDC Coronovirus Guide) by telephone from your primary health care provider, and notify OHP. If symptoms develop and you do not have a primary health care provider, UT Health Austin offers COVID-19 testing services and is a UT Select insurance in-network provider.

It is important for all colleges, schools, and units(CSUs)to work through OHP. CSUs and building managers should not take steps to close buildings, floors, or send employees home without working through OHP. These employees will need to use federal leave provisions. If they become positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact at a later date, these employees will need to use their own leave accruals as their federal leave provisions may be exhausted.

What is the difference between social-distancing, self-monitoring, self-isolation, and self-quarantine?

This Healthyhorns guide (PDF) explains the differences between these commonly used terms.

What if an employee tests negative for COVID-19?

As a precaution, employees who test negative for COVID-19 and have symptoms should not return to on-campus work until 24 hours have passed without symptoms and at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms regardless of a negative test result. These employees should practice self-isolation. Self-isolation means that people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test, separate from others, stay home and away from others who share a residence to prevent the spread of the virus. Employees should report that they were tested for COVID-19 to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result. OHP will make daily contact with employees who have symptoms, regardless of test results, through a Symptom Tracking tool, while the employee is practicing self-isolation or self-quarantine. This includes employees who are teleworking.

For more information, review “The Process for Reporting COVID-19” infographic (PDF).

What if an employee has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but has not been tested for COVID-19?

If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should report their symptoms to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless if they have been yet been tested for COVID-19. This includes employees who are teleworking.

For more information, review “The Process for Reporting COVID-19” infographic (PDF).

Operational Status

The HealthPoint Occupational Health Program (OHP) is no longer accepting walk-ins. For work-related injuries that need immediate treatment, please seek care at UT Health Austin or another IMO provider.

If your work-related injury is not an emergency, please call our office and we will assess your injury and schedule accordingly.

For work-related injuries, please complete the Incident Injury Form (PDF) and fax completed form to 512-471-7008 and 512-232-3524

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.

For work-related injuries, please complete the Incident Injury Form (PDF) and fax completed form to 512-471-7008 and 512-232-3524

For treatment, management, and follow-up of work-related injuries and illnesses please call the Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647

Services

  • 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

* Travel Immunizations are provided by University Health Services

Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule a HealthPoint OHP appointment, call 512-471-4OHP (4647). Hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed for lunch noon-1 p.m. The concealed carry of handguns is prohibited in patient care areas at UT Austin, including those areas in which professional mental health services are provided.

The on-campus clinic is located inside the Student Services Building (SSB) in Room 3.202.

Address: Occupational Health Program, 100 W Dean Keeton, Austin, Texas 78712
Campus mail code: A9250
Main phone number: 512-471-4OHP (4647)
Fax: 512-471-2666

For treatment during hours of closure, follow the guidelines below.

Advanced Medical Care

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.

Additional & After Hours Support

During periods when OHP is closed (and depending on the provider, even when they are open), you may select an in-network provider from the IMO Workers’ Compensation Provider Network. In the Austin area, several in-network urgent care and occupational health options include:

For employees living in an out-of-network county, contact IMO for assistance in selecting a provider at 1-877-772-4477, ext. 151.

Personal Health Conditions

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 1-888-315-9473.

OHP-Labs

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.

Initial and Recurring Enrollment

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.

Initial Enrollment

Complete the following baseline form to enroll as a new program participant:

Fax or submit in person the completed OHP Health Assessment Questionnaire (PDF) for personnel working with research animals and other hazards.

Information about TB screening requirements is included on the Health Assessment 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.

Recurring Enrollment

Complete the following steps to update your program enrollment:

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.

Lab Animal Allergy

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 (PDF).

Also, See the Health Assessment Questionnaire for Personnel Working with Research Animals and Other Hazards (PDF)

Biosafety Information and Resources

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 page. Your department will also have lab-specific safety procedures available to review and may require lab or protocol-specific training.

Safety Guide for Field Researchers

Fieldwork is an important part of teaching and research at The University of Texas at Austin. Since fieldwork activities take you off-campus, this off-campus field guide (PDF) is intended to help you plan and prepare for health and safety problems you might encounter in the field.

Confidentiality

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).