Medical Surveillance

The purpose of the Medical Surveillance Program is to provide information, training, prevention and clearance procedures for medical or research personnel (investigators and staff members) with potential exposure to hazardous chemicals, animal contact, animal allergens, or other hazards related to research work at Georgetown University (GU). GU personnel will participate in this program in compliance with the policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, AAALAC, District of Columbia codes, OSHA, and Georgetown University policies.

Areas of Focus

Individuals who work with or near animals in a modern research setting are at risk for animal-related allergy, injury, and infectious disease.  The risks are variable depending upon the species being used, the source of the animals, the quantity and quality of contact with or exposure to the animals and other factors. Individuals who work with hazardous chemicals for extended periods of time face the risk of acute or chronic health effects. Georgetown University’s Occupational Health program establishes policies for four distinct user categories to negate the hazards associated with chemical and animal use.

DCM Personnel

This program covers DCM employees and all other personnel assigned to DCM (i.e. students, temporary or part-time employees, volunteers) who work or have contact with research animals.

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Research Personnel

This program extends to investigators, staff, and students, who have contact with research animals within the scope of their employment or student status.

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Other Covered Individuals

This Program extends to other covered individuals with potential exposure to animal allergens. “Other Covered Individuals” are those who are not directly involved in animal research activities but who, by virtue of their presence in or near animal facilities, may be at risk of animal-related injury, disease, or allergy.

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Formaldehyde Exposure

This program extends to employees exposed to formaldehyde at concentrations at or exceeding the action level (AL) or exceeding the short-term exposure limit (STEL) and employees who develop signs and symptoms of overexposure to formaldehyde and for all employees exposed to formaldehyde in emergencies.

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