Medical Surveillance Program for Bloodborne Pathogens Available to Faculty and Staff at All Campuses by Christopher Aston

Federal OSHA regulations require that medical surveillance, including Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) vaccination, be offered at no cost to all employees at potential risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBP). This includes laboratory research with human blood, tissues or otherwise potentially infectious material, treating student athletes with bleeding injuries, or laundering of blood-soaked items (for a full list of tasks and BBP-containing materials, review the
University's BBP exposure control plan, Appendix B and C. BloodbornePathogensExposure-ControlPlan.html).

EH&S is pleased to announce that in addition to the long-standing medical surveillance program available to personnel (staff and faculty) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), personnel at Morningside, Lamont-Doherty and Nevis, that are considered as potentially at risk, are now able to access medical surveillance services, including HBV vaccination, at CUMC through an agreement with New York Presbyterian Hospital Workforce Health and Safety.
The HBV vaccine is administered over a course of three injections and provides long-lasting immunity in most individuals. Personnel must actively accept or decline this offer of vaccination. Those with no prior vaccination who do not wish to receive the vaccine must elect a "Declination" option acknowledging that they are aware of the vaccine's benefits and that they may choose to be vaccinated, free of charge, at any time in the future. Program enrollment will be completed through a RASCAL form. Specific enrollment instructions will be sent via email to eligible individuals in Fall 2013.

First-time visits to Workforce Health and Safety require an appointment made by a supervisor or department administrator through CUMC Human Resources by visiting and clicking on the Medical Surveillance Registration Form link. Workforce Health and Safety also performs BBP post-exposure evaluations. If you believe you have been exposed to a BBP in the workplace, regardless of vaccination status, report immediately to Workforce Health and Safety during business hours in the Harkness Pavilion, 1st Floor; at other times report to the nearest hospital Emergency Room, with follow-up at WHS upon return to work. If you are a CUMC or MS student, medical surveillance will continue to be provided through Student Health Services, with one exception; CUMC students that require medical clearance to work on an IACUC protocol are evaluated by WHS.
Please contact the EH&S Biosafety Program at with further questions about BBP exposure control.nditions worsen.

"5 Ls" of Hazardous Waste Management by Hazardous Materials Team

The 5 Ls is a tool developed by EH&S to simply the complex regulations for the proper collection, storage and man-agement of hazardous waste. The 5 Ls stand for: CoLLect, Label, Lid, Locate, and Leaks. Accordingly, all hazardous waste must be CoLLected-never treated on-site or drain disposed. All waste containers must be Labeled with the Co-lumbia University orange hazardous waste label and the chemical contents must be clearly written on the label. All containers must be covered with a tight-fitting Lid at all times; open containers allow waste to evaporate, which is not legal, and could allow waste to spill if knocked over. Waste containers must be Located in the room of the waste's generation, not moved to other areas for convenience. Lastly, waste containers should be checked for Leaks, at least weekly, and evidence of leaks should be referred to EH&S immediately. For more information, visit or contact a Hazardous Materials Specialist at

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