Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program

In its commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment for the University community, FIU established the Medical Surveillance and Occupational Health & Safety Program (OHSP). This program is intended to assure that employees and students are afforded the opportunity to identify potentially hazardous exposures, practices, and procedures which could compromise their health.
 
The OHSP is in full compliance with federal regulations and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations.


COVERAGE:

This program covers FIU faculty, staff and visitors who routinely work with/around certain hazardous biological, chemical and physical agents including employees who work with laboratory animals, bloodborne pathogens, other infectious agents, formaldehyde, xylene, class 3b or 4a lasers, and/or those whose work requires the use of a respirator. 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Enrollment

    Personnel and visitors hired in identified positions will complete a risk assessment to determine the level of exposure. This form must be completed PRIOR to starting work. Click here to complete the Initial Risk Assessment Form. The completed form should be submitted to the OHSP email account (ohsp@fiu.edu) for review and processing.

    Once the risk assessment form is reviewed by EH&S, the employee will receive an email notification from EH&S stating whether further evaluation is required. If further evaluation is required, the employee will receive additional paperwork and instructions.

    Review and processing of risk assessment forms, and distribution of work authorization is conducted on Mondays and Fridays. If you have not received a response, please contact the Biosafety Office at 305-348-3387.

  2. Evaluation

    The medical evaluation is conducted by an off-site medical provider and may consist of a medical/occupational history review, a physical examination and any necessary blood testing and/or immunizations. If an evaluation is required, the employee will follow these steps:

    a. Obtain the authorization letter, paperwork, and additional instructions from EH&S
    b. Complete the medical questionnaire
    c. Complete the evaluation with medical provider

    With the current medical provider, no appointment is required. The employee can report to the designated locations during the scheduled office hours. Click here for a map of locations and office hours. EH&S suggests calling ahead to determine the wait time, and adjust your visit accordingly.

    The employee should bring their FIU ID, authorization letter, risk assessment form, and medical questionnaire to the evaluation.

  3. Clearance

    Once EH&S receives notification from the medical provider (within 2 - 3 days of the medical evaluation), an email will be sent from EH&S to the employee with a copy of the clearance form and work authorization letter. The employee must provide a copy of the work authorization letter to their supervisor. If the employee was cleared for respirator use, the supervisor must contact Environmental Health & Safety at 305-348-2621 to schedule the fit testing.

  4. Periodic Monitoring

    Periodic follow-ups may be necessary to assess ongoing risks and fitness for duty. All employees registered in the OHSP will be required to complete the Annual Status Form (EHS-F209). The completed form should be submitted to the OHSP email account at ohsp@fiu.edu for review and processing.  Additional evaluations may be required by a medical provider depending upon the employee’s responses.

    If no additional medical evaluations are needed, the employee will receive a clearance letter that is valid for one year.

For questions or more information, contact the FIU Biosafety Office at 305-348-3387.

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Page Updated: 8/2/2016