What we do for animal workers
In order to comply with National Institute of Health (NIH) assurance statement and to ensure that University employees are not at risk of contracting an animal-related illness due to exposure to farm, research and laboratory animals, EHS coordinates a medical surveillance program for animal workers.
How you can participate
If you work with animals, contact EHS to participate in animal workers medical surveillance. Medical surveillance includes the completion of medical history forms that are reviewed by a physician. After this review, the physician may recommend a physical, serological testing, or other tests depending on the employee’s individual medical history and the species of animals the employee has contact with. Medical records from the program are maintained by the physician, not EHS, and are subject to HIPAA regulations. Finally, all medical expenses relating to the program are paid by the employee's department.
Participation in the program is completely voluntary; there are no repercussions for declining any part or all of the medical surveillance program.
For additional information on animal workers medical surveillance and for the paperwork needed for participation, see the reference links on this page.