Biosafety Manual

12 Biosafety Manual C. Medical Survelliance The Occupational Medicine Program is designed to minimize personnel health risks from workplace hazards. Hazards may include chemicals such as formaldehyde or benzene; physical hazards such as excessive noise or lasers; human pathogens, tissues, and cell lines; animal handling; and radioactive materials or devices. The program includes workplace exposure assessments, exposure monitoring and medical surveillance. All Iowa State University (ISU) personnel, including part-time and student workers, are encouraged to participate in the Occupational Medicine Program, which is provided at no charge. Refer to the Occupational Medicine Guidelines for more information. Workplace exposure to human blood, tissues, cell lines, and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR1910.1030), requires medical surveillance and annual Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Training. Iowa State University’s written bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan is the Bloodborne Pathogens Manual. Workplace Exposure Assessment Participation in the Occupational Medicine Program requires completion of a Hazard Inventory form. The online form must be completed by new employees who are exposed to hazards as part of their assigned job duties and/or current employees who have changes to their hazards or personnel information. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will use this information to determine the need for enrollment in the ISU Occupational Medicine Program. Individuals and supervisors will receive an email after EH&S has completed the evaluation of the hazards, and can login to see the results. If it is determined that the individual’s workplace hazards require medical monitoring or training, the individual will receive a notice from the ISU Occupational Medicine Program with further instructions. Exposure Monitoring As part of the workplace exposure assessment, exposure monitoring may be performed by EH&S to quantify the level of exposure experienced by employees at ISU. Monitoring results are used to determine if medical surveillance of an employee will be required and whether control measures should be implemented to ensure a safe work environment. Each department and laboratory supervisor is responsible for ensuring that any recommended control measures are implemented. EH&S may perform additional monitoring to determine the effectiveness of control measures. EH&S is available to conduct occupational exposure monitoring