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Occupational Health Program


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.

Medical Surveillance

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


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. Please contact 458-5304 for additional information on safety related training schedules.

Clinical Program

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.


Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker.  Ergonomics examines a worker’s relationship to work, work tools and the work environment.  The goal is to achieve maximum efficiency of the human body while minimizing the risk of injury.  If work is performed in awkward postures or with excessive effort, fatigue, discomfort, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) can result.  Ergonomics reduces the risk of injury by adapting the work to fit the person instead of forcing the person to adapt to the work. Improving the “fit” is the goal of the UTSA Ergonomics Program.

Ergonomics requests should be submitted to


May 2020

Occupational Health and Wellness

Occupational Safety

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan 2015

Occupational Health Management Plan 2015

Occupational Health

Initial Enrollment
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Enrollment for Personnel with Animal Contact
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Contact UTSA Office of People Excellence
(210) 458-4250