POLICY: Columbia University Health Sciences (CUHSD), in its commitment to the health and safety of its personnel, has established a medical surveillance program to address work place hazards including exposure to biological, chemical and physical agents. The medical surveillance program includes healthcare workers who are at risk of acquiring and/or transmitting communicable diseases to patients, visitors and colleagues because of their exposure in the workplace. The program provides for an assessment of health risks associated with certain positions and a determination of appropriate medical testing and recommended vaccines. Medical surveillance will be required of certain positions, and additionally in certain cases, mandatory testing, immunization or other preventive procedures. Medical surveillance will be performed in the CPMC Occupational Health Service (OHS) at the time of hire or transfer into a position with such hazards and periodically as required. There is no cost to the employee for this service.
APPLICABILITY: This policy is applicable to faculty and staff who routinely work with hazardous biological, chemical and physical agents including employees who work with patients, laboratory animals, bloodborne pathogens, other infectious agents, formaldehyde, xylene, class 3b or 4a lasers, and/or those whose work requires the use of a respirator. Positions that require participation in the medical surveillance program will be identified in job descriptions and postings.
PURPOSE: Medical surveillance is intended to reduce the risk of exposure to workplace hazards.
RESPONSIBILITY: Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, Faculty Affairs and Supervisors.