Occupational Health Program for Animal Users

 

LAM SOP 107.00                                                                                                           

11 Oct 1996

DATE LAST REVISED: 10 August 2016

DATE LAST REVIEWED: 10 August 2016

 

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

 

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) operates an Occupational Health & Safety Program (OHSP).  The purpose of the program is to maintain an OHSP for personnel involved in the care and use of animals: to obtain an accurate assessment of the health status of each employee at the time of hire, to help prevent occupation-related disorders, and to help identify emerging occupation-related health disorders, so they can be promptly diagnosed and corrected.  Participation in parts 1 and 2 of this program is mandatory for all DLAM personnel and voluntary for all LSU personnel with direct or indirect participation in any aspect of the animal research program.  Participation in part 3 of this program is mandatory for all eligible parties.  Participants may include facility services personnel, animal caretakers, principal investigators, scientific technical staff, graduate students, student workers, and post-doctoral and visiting scientists.  All medical information is maintained as confidential and is retained by the Student Health Center on the LSU campus.

 

To determine the extent of participation in the OHSP, each non-DLAM employee is advised to discuss with his/her supervisor and/or health professional any potential physical, chemical, or infectious hazards exposure while working in the animal facility.  Questions related to specific health risks should be directed in writing to the Chief of Staff of the LSU Student Health Center.

 

PROCEDURE

 

To participate in the OHSP, each individual must complete a medical history questionnaire and then forward the questionnaire to the Chief of Staff of the LSU Student Health Center for review and recommendations for appropriate medical procedures which may include but not be limited to: specific laboratory tests, immunizations, physical examination, or simply verbal consultation. 

 

Individuals at increased risk of illness or injury due to drug-related immune suppression, HIV infection, pregnancy, concurrent illness, musculoskeletal problems, etc. are strongly advised to discuss associated risks with the Chief of Staff of the LSU Student Health Center or their family physician.

 

New Employees

1.             Each participating new employee will complete a health questionnaire (see attached) and present it to the LSU Student Health Center physician at the time of the physical examination.

2.             Each employee will receive a complete physical examination at the LSU Student Health Center.

3.             Based on review of the health questionnaire and the physical examination, the LSU Student Health Center physician will request appropriate diagnostic tests and/or immunizations.

4.             The LSU Student Health Center will establish and maintain a medical record for each employee, and will include in that record, a copy of the health questionnaire.

5.             The LSU Student Health Center physician will notify DLAM in writing, of any changes or precautions needed in the work assignments of each employee, based on findings from the health questionnaire, physical examination, or diagnostic tests.

  

Continuing Employees

1.             On a yearly basis, each participating employee will complete a health questionnaire and will mail it to the LSU Student Health Center.

2.             The LSU Student Health Center physician will review the health questionnaire, and will determine which, if any, diagnostic tests, examinations, vaccinations, etc., are needed.  The LSU Student Health Center will notify the employee that such actions are needed.

3.             The employee will schedule an appointment with the LSU Student Health Center for the recommended procedures.

4.             The LSU Student Health Center will perform needed procedures and the LSU Student Health Center physician will notify DLAM or the employee’s supervisor (for non-DLAM employees) in writing, of any changes or precautions needed in the work assignments of each employee, based on findings from the health questionnaire, physical examination, or diagnostic tests.

 

All Employees

Any and all medical conditions, including injuries, sustained while on the job must be reported to the employee’s direct supervisor. The supervisor may require the employee to report to the LSU Student Health Center for evaluation and treatment.  Severe injuries may be referred to nearby hospitals or emergency services.

 

*Employees retain the option to obtain yearly physical examinations from a private physician under the following conditions:

 

1.             The LSU OHSP health questionnaire must be completed and presented to the private physician prior to scheduling physical with ample time to allow the physician opportunity for review.

2.             Results of the physical examination must be forwarded to the Chief of Staff, LSU Student Health Center for review and recommendations.

3.             All appropriate diagnostic tests and/or immunizations may be initiated by a private physician or by the LSU Student Health Center but results and documentation of procedures must be forwarded to the Chief of Staff, LSU Student Health Center, for review.

4.             The LSU Student Health Center will establish and maintain a medical record for each employee, and will include in that record, a copy of the health questionnaire obtained from private physician.

5.             After review of the physical examination results and related diagnostic procedures, the Chief of Staff, LSU Student Health Center will notify DLAM (or the employee’s supervisor for non-DLAM employees) in writing, of any changes or precautions needed in the work assignments of each employee, based on findings from the health questionnaire, physical examination, or diagnostic tests.