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Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Medical Surveillance Program

Clemson University, Medical Surveillance Program

  • Medical Surveillance Program Basics
  • Medical Surveillance Program Enrollment Process:
    • Training and Requirements for Persons Having Animal Contact
    • Training and Requirements for Individuals With Exposure to Human Blood, Tissue, Cells, Cell Lines, or Other Potentially Infectious Materials
    • Training for Individuals Trapping or Handling Small Mammals
      in Field Studies (Hantavirus Training)
    • Work-Related Injury or Illness

MSP BASICS:

The Medical Surveillance Program (MSP) is the component of Clemson University's Occupational Health and Safety Program that provides occupational health oversight for students and employees who have exposure to animals, animal tissue or waste, human bloodborne pathogens, and certain chemical, physical, and other potential hazards.  The Occupational Health Nurse (OHN)  coordinates with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Office of Research Compliance, animal facilities and other departments, and each enrollee to identify, assess, and manage potential health risks.  Our goal is to reduce risk to the lowest possible level to protect our students and employees. The content and services of the Medical Surveillance Program are consistent with applicable federal and state regulations, OSHA regulations, CDC and ACIP guidelines, NIOSH recommendations, and animal welfare regulatory agency requirements and recommendations. Each person enrolling in the Medical Surveillance Program will have a confidential medical record, including documentation of immunizations and other occupational health services received.

CU Medical Surveillance Program
Joseph F. Sullivan Center
101 Edwards Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0742
Occupational Health Nurse: Will Mayo, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S
Email: wmayo@clemson.edu
Phone: (864) 656-5529

Enrollment forms are reviewed by the Occupational Health Nurse.  The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) will be notified of MSP enrollment once all documentation is completed, returned to the medical surveillance nurse, and the documents have been reviewed.

Who must enroll?

All CU employees, students and volunteers with exposure to animals, animal tissue or waste, or human bloodborne pathogens (including blood, body fluids, cells and established cell lines) must enroll in the Medical Surveillance Program (MSP). Principal Investigators (PI's), Advisors and Supervisors of individuals with these exposures must require their personnel to enroll in the Medical Surveillance Program and to complete and document the appropriate training (Zoonotic, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training, Hantavirus training).

MSP ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE:

Enrollment in the Medical Surveillance Program, Zoonotic Training, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training may be accomplished by printing and completing the 3 forms below and then submitting them by FAX, "campus" or U.S. Mail, or by bringing them to the Medical Surveillance Program office:

Forms to Print, Complete, and Submit for MSP Enrollment:

Client Profile: Demographic information used to initiate MSP chart.

Occupational Health History: Utilized to evaluate/determine risk associated with your animal, chemical, biological, or physical exposures. Be sure to complete all sections and all question. 

Consent for Treatment: Required for initiation of chart and review of risk.

Forms available through occupational health nurse (if needed):

OSHA Respirator Questionnaire (Short Form):  Mandatory (OSHA) form for individuals trapping or handling small wild animals (including rodents) or for those required to wear respirators (including "dust masks") for other exposures. It must also be completed by individuals who would like to voluntarily wear "dust masks" for nuisance dust.

WORK-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS:

  • Treatment for work-related illnesses and injuries is provided through Redfern Health Center or other medical facilities.  On weekdays, non-emergencies will be referred to Redfern Health Center.  At night and weekends, referrals are made to other medical facilities. 
  • All work-related illnesses or injuries should be reported to your supervisor. Those injuries that require medical evaluation/treatment should be reported to CompEndium Services for medical referral. 
  • Emergencies, call 911. After the emergency is under control, CompEndium Services needs to be notified.
  • For additional information regarding Workers' Compensation, check the Risk Management website, call Freddie Harbin at 656-3365, or consult the "Work Injury Protocol" of Clemson University.

TRAINING AND REQUIREMENTS FOR:

Persons Having Animal Contact:

Diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans are called ZOONOSES, and personnel working with animals, animal tissue and animal waste must become familiar with these diseases in order to minimize their exposure and promote early recognition and treatment. General zoonotic training is mandatory for all persons who have contact with animals at Clemson University. To enroll, please go to the CITI webpage.  Select the appropriate modules via the "Add a course or update your learner groups" page of CITI. The focus of the individuals research/educational will dictate the number of required modules. If you change your species or type of setting (wild vs. lab animals, for instance) you may need to return to take additional training. The first module that should be taken is:

  1. General Zoonotic Training (required for all persons handling animals, animal tissue, or animal bedding or waste.) 

These are the four additional zoonotic training modules that are required dependent upon your expected animal contact:

  1. Lab Animals
  2. Farm Animals
  3. Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles (including Aquaculture)
  4. Wild Animals

Persons with Exposure to Human Blood, Tissue, Cells, Cell Lines,
or Other Potentially Infectious Materials:

  1. Medical Surveillance Program enrollment;
  2. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training is required annually for persons with human bloodborne pathogens exposure.  Initial training must be completed at a “live” training. Contact the office of Research Safety to set up this training.  Annual renewals can be taken online at the   EHS website.  
  3. Hepatitis B series documentation.  You may submit proof of previous Hepatitis B vaccination, obtain the vaccination through the MSP nurse, or complete and submit an OSHA Hepatitis B Decline form (available through MSP).

Remember, MSP enrollment, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training, and written documentation of the Hepatitis B series (or declination) are required for individuals with exposure to human bloodborne pathogens.  

Persons Trapping Or Handling Small Mammals In Field Studies (Hantavirus Policy):

  1. Medical Surveillance Program enrollment
  2. Respirator medical clearance:  Medical Surveillance Program, medical clearance for respirator use (questionnaire available by request); Risk review and spirometry testing.
  3. Respirator fitting: EHS Industrial Hygienist, (864) 656-7557, for respirator fitting and training.
  4. Animal technique training: Research Services personnel, (864) 656-1849, for animal technique training. Training regarding Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and the CU Policy. You may obtain a copy of the Clemson University Policy for Individuals Participating in the Trapping or Handling of Small Mammals in Field Studies from research services or the medical surveillance program.

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