Occupational Health Program

Occupational Health Program Overview & Enrollment

The University of Miami Occupational Health Program (OHP) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of its employees. The hazards encountered in the biological and animal research setting are addressed by individual risk assessment and medical monitoring. This can include vaccinations, titer checks, testing, and training.

All personnel with exposure to biological materials or animals must participate in the OHP by submitting the OHP Questionnaire upon hire and annually in February thereafter. Employee Health conducts a risk assessment based on the questionnaire and develops a list of requirements for that employee. All enrollees must complete a set of baseline requirements; these baseline requirements are listed below on this page, and are listed on the OHP Clearance Requirement document. Anyone enrolling who does not have a physical on file must complete the Employee Health Medical Questionnaire, if they have not previously done so.

Employees must complete all Employee Health requirements to participate in associated research activities. It is the responsibility of the Principle Investigator (PI) to ensure all co-investigators, staff and students participate in the OHP. Failure to enroll, complete training and complete annual updates as required by the IACUC / EHS may result in suspension of your ability to work on biological or animal protocols or restrict your access to animal facilities.  Employees wishing to decline participation must file a written declaration with the Employee Health Office. These individuals are not allowed to have contact or exposure to laboratory animals. New researchers or researchers starting work in a new lab within the last 12 months must also complete the Acknowledgement Form.

For inquiries, please email us at ohp@miami.edu.

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