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The Medical Surveillance and Occupational Health & Safety Program (OHSP) is intended to ensure 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.

This is required for FIU faculty, staff and visitors whose work includes:

  • Hazardous biological, chemical and physical agents
  • Laboratory animals
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Infectious agents
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Class 3b or 4a lasers
  • Respirator use

Receiving OHSP Clearance

Enrollment

Prior to starting work, personnel and visitors hired in identified positions will complete a risk assessment to determine the level of exposure. Submit the form below to OSHP (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 Laboratory Safety Office at 305-348-3387.

Medical 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:

  1. Obtain the authorization letter, paperwork, and additional instructions from EH&S.
  2. Complete the medical questionnaire.
  3. Complete the evaluation with medical provider.
With the current FIU medical provider, no appointment is required. The employee can report to the designated locations during the scheduled 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.

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 EH&S at 305-348-2621 to schedule the fit testing.

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. Additional evaluations may be required by a medical provider depending upon the employee’s responses. Submit the form below to OSHP (ohsp@fiu.edu) for review and processing.

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 Laboratory Safety Office.

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