FAQ

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Q:  What is the Biosafety Occupational Health Program (BOHP)?

A. The Biosafety Occupational Health Program is a service for individuals exposed to infectious biological materials or animals in the course of their duties and in certain circumstances, in the course of their studies. It covers many areas, including education, preventative care, health monitoring, and occupational exposure evaluation and treatment.

Q: Who participates in the BOHP?

A.  Any person, listed on an IBC research permit working with agents at BSL-2 or BSL-3; or listed on an AACUC or IACUC research or teaching AUP, needs to complete the Biosafety Occupational Health Enrollment form in order to be approved to work on that permit or protocol.

Any TAMU Operations department personnel, who has been identified by their supervisor through a BOHP Exposure Assessment Form, as having a risk of exposure to 1) human body fluids, human tissues or wastes; or 2) animals, animal tissues or wastes; or 3) human pathogens need to complete the Biosafety Occupational Health Enrollment form before beginning work duties that have potential exposure to those materials.

All patient contact personnel must complete the Biosafety Occupational Health Initial Questionnaire before beginning work duties.

Q:  How do I participate in the BOHP?

A. Go to the  Biosafety Occupational Health Web Portal

    • Sign in with your Net ID username & password.
    • Click on "Occupational Health" on the left menu.
    • Click on "Occupational Health Questionnaire" on the top center menu. 
    • If you work in a research facility (on an AUP or an IBC permit), please select your Principal Investigator as your PI/Supervisor (no lab managers, please).  

[Start typing your Principal Investigator’s last name in the drop box and it will narrow the list of names. Once you find the name in the PI/Supervisor drop box, click on the name to capture it into your form. You cannot type in your PI's name directly into the form field. If the name is not in the list, contact BOHP () to update the list.]

    • If you work in an operations department, please select your department or division director as your supervisor.

[Start typing your director’s last name in the drop box and it will narrow the list of names. Once you find the name in the PI/Supervisor drop box, click on the name to capture it into your form. You cannot type in your supervisor's name directly into the form field. If the name is not in the list, contact BOHP (bohp@tamu.edu) to update the list.] 

 

Q: Should students enroll in the BOHP?

A. A student who is listed on an IBC and/or AACUC or IACUC research or teaching AUP must enroll in BOHP before beginning their work duties.  Contact BOHP for further information at .

Q: How do I receive medical services?

A. BOHP staff will identify the risk mitigations and medical services you need and provide authorization for any required services based on a risk assessment. Medical services are provided by a contracted occupational health services provider. Detailed instructions will be emailed to you at your TAMU email address. Without prior authorization from BOHP, you will be financially responsible for any testing that is performed. 

Q: Who pays for the test?

A. Medical services and testing is paid for by the BOHP through the Vice President of Research.

Q: What happens if I am injured on the job?

A. Report all on-the-job accidents and injuries, including emergency situations involving serious injury, exposure, or after-hours incidents, to your supervisor IMMEDIATELY. This step does not take the place of calling 911 (campus phones: 911) for emergency medical services for serious injuries or emergencies. It may be necessary to follow a specific procedure for control of infectious materials before emergency medical care can be given. See "In the event of an exposure..." Supervisors must follow the proper injury reporting procedure for the worker's compensation program. Reporting forms, provided by the Office of Biosafety, must be filled out and returned to BOHP staff and/or to the Biosafety Officer for all events involving biological agents.

Q:  What if I don’t want to participate in the medical services portion of BOHP?

A. An individual may decline any assigned risk mitigation, whether it is recommended  or required. As a consequence of declining required risk mitigations, you may be denied access to certain facilities or be prohibited from participating in certain activities.