OHP Programs and Resources

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).