The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to providing a safe and productive working environment for all employees, students, and volunteers. The university provides the Occupational Health Program (OHP) for all individuals working within UTSA animal facilities, and those with potential exposure to certain biological, chemical, and other physical hazards. The OHP design is accomplished through assessment, management, education, and preventive medicine. The medical surveillance component is critical for an effective occupational health program. This program applies to all University of Texas at San Antonio employees. Level of participation in the OHP is based on risk assessment. Participants are organized into risk categories reflecting the specific surveillance needs of the individuals based on the specific species of animals and/or biological, chemical, radiation and mechanical hazards they are potentially exposed to as part of their duties.
The Occupational Health team will assess an employee's health risks through review of individual risk assessments, work histories, possible physical assessments and biological testing. This review will establish a baseline in order to monitor future health as it relates to occupational hazards.
All employees who work in a hazardous area or job function should complete a risk assessment. All employees who work in UTSA animal facilities must complete a risk assessment and enroll in the Occupational Health Program.
The OHP through its professional staff provides individual education regarding prevention measures such as vaccines and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and informing each individual if any risk based medical surveillance or screening is indicated. The Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management (EHSRM) department is responsible for administering the OHP, reviewing research protocols, identifying potential occupational health risks, and providing related safety training. Please contact 458-5250 for additional information on safety related training schedules.
The occupational health team reviews all enrollment paperwork, including immunization documentation. Employees are offered immunizations for worker health based on their work area, potential exposures, and any state or federal requirements. Immunizations, fit testing, spirometry, and any other work required testing are done at the Employee Occupational Health and Wellness Center. On site physician visits for respiratory medical evaluation and physical exams are scheduled through the Occupational Health Coordinator. All questionnaires and exam records with personal health information are maintained according to federal and state guidelines.