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Hazard Assessment

Environmental & Occupational Health and Environment Health & Safety offer hazard assessment services in support of UW–Madison’s duty to provide a healthy and safe workplace. The process helps supervisors determine the personal protective equipment, training and Occupational Medicine service needs of their employees.

Forms

Hazard assessment may vary by role or task. Complete and submit one of the following or other form to eoh@uhs.wisc.edu for necessary enrollments.

Personal protective equipment

Employees and supervisors consult with EOH and EH&S to identify appropriate personal protective equipment for the hazard, job task, or facility based on hazard assessment. Purchasing occurs within the division, school or college. EOH and Occupational Medicine align services to help users meet OSHA 1910.132 and other standards/regulatory program requirements for the following personal protective equipment:

Prescription safety eyewear

UW–Madison employees may order and receive prescription safety glasses with an optician in the Occupational Medicine clinic at UHS.

Appointments

Call 608-265-5610 to schedule an appointment. Bring application for safety eyewear. Check in 6th floor “Green Clinic” reception desk at 333 East Campus Mall.

Resources

Payment memo for non-Physical Plant units

Patient instructions for all UW employees

Guidance for choosing prescription safety eyewear

OSHA 1910.132

Lasers

Respirators

EOH coordinates compliance for OSHA 1910.134 Respiratory Protection and aligns services for initial and annual respirator user fit testing with Occupational Medicine. Current medical clearance is a prerequisite to a fit test and wearing a respirator.

Learn more about respirators.

Hearing protection

EOH coordinates compliance for OSHA 1910.95 occupational noise exposure standard. Employees may choose or be required to use hearing protection based on role, task or facility. Hearing protection is purchased by the division, school or college for employees.

Services

UHS and EOH (eoh@uhs.wisc.edu) offer noise monitoring, training coordination, hazard assessment and personal protective equipment consulting. UW Speech & Hearing Clinic (608-262-3951) provides audiograms. Occupational Medicine (608-265-5610) maintains individual audiogram results in the employee medical record.

Appointments

Call 608-262-3951 to schedule an occupational health hearing evaluation (approximately 30 minutes). Check-in at the Speech & Hearing Clinic, Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive.

Workplace Hazards

UHS provides medical services and hazard assessment support to inform engineering control, administrative, and personal protective equipment decisions in the workplace and academic environment.

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Anesthetic gases

Exposure to waste anesthetic gases may occur during animal surgeries and has been associated with reproductive hazards, chronic cardiovascular and respiratory effects, and acute liver and kidney damage.

Services

  • Environmental and Occupational Health (eoh@uhs.wisc.edu) provides anesthetic gas monitoring, hazard assessment and guidance on minimizing exposures.
  • Occupational Medicine schedules medicine consults and respirator fit tests.
  • RARC offers procedural trainings.

Resources

Animal allergens

Laboratory animal allergy is an occupationally acquired condition affecting one third of laboratory animal personnel. Symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, asthma and hives. UHS offers services to minimize animal allergy exposure for employees.

Services

  • Occupational Medicine evaluates symptoms, assists in interventions, and monitors employee health.
  • EOH assesses allergen exposures in the workplace and consults on hazard controls.

Appointments

Appointments are available if you are developing or have allergy symptoms related to animal contact on the job or in class.

  • Contact EOH at 608-890-1992 or eoh@uhs.wisc.edu for consults on air monitoring, hazard assessment and personal protection equipment.
  • Contact Occupational Medicine at 608-265-5610 for a symptom evaluation appointment.

Policy & Guidance

Resources

Bloodborne pathogens

The bloodborne pathogens program prevents exposures to human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) that may contain disease-causing viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV per the OSHA 1910.1030 standard.

Services

  • EOH coordinates the program for non-research environments, and training is delivered in work units based on role, task and facility.
  • Occupational Medicine offers clinical services for non-clinical needle stick and sharps injuries in the research environment.
  • EH&S administers the program for research protocols, and Researchers and students complete Biosafety 102 in Learn@UW via Self Registration.
  • UW–Madison work units implement program requirements.

Resources

Guidance

Training

Consult with your supervisor for role, task and facility specific training requirements.

Custom unit training support may be available upon request.

EOH Training > Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Formaldehyde

UHS coordinates compliance for the OHSA 1910.1048 Formaldehyde standard. Employers are required to evaluate employee formaldehyde exposure to determine if they are exposed above the regulatory level. Medical surveillance is available for employees who develop signs and symptoms of overexposure to formaldehyde.

Services

  • EOH (eoh@uhs.wisc.edu or 608-890-1992) assists with exposure assessment, personal protective equipment and training coordination.
  • Occupational Medicine (608-265- 5610) offers medical consultation and employee health monitoring.
  • EHS Chemical Safety (608-265-5700) supports Hazard Communication, laboratory safety chemical hygiene plan, and spill response.

Resources

Training

EOH Training > Formaldehyde

Records available in VCRGE lookup utility

Hepatitis B

Lasers

Find more information about lasers.

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Noise

EOH coordinates compliance for OSHA 1910.95 occupational noise exposure standard. Employees may choose or be required to use hearing protection based on role, task or facility. Hearing protection is purchased by the division, school or college for employees.

Services

  • UHS and EOH (eoh@uhs.wisc.edu) offers noise monitoring, training coordination, hazard assessment and personal protection equipment  consulting.
  • UW Speech & Hearing Clinic (608-262-3951) provides audiograms.
  • UHS Occupational Medicine (608-265-5610) maintains individual audiogram results in the employee medical record.

Appointments

  • Call 608-262-3951 to schedule an “Occupational Health Hearing Evaluation” (approximately 30 minutes) with the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Check-in at the Speech & Hearing Clinic, Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive.

 Resources

Training

Rabies

UHS offers pre- and post-exposure services in Occupational Medicine (608-265-5610) for UW–Madison faculty, staff and student employees who are at risk or have been exposed to rabies. Students seeking rabies vaccination or exposure follow up should contact UHS at 608-265-5600.

Services

For those in diagnostic testing labs or wildlife areas with rabies, cavers, veterinarian staff, and others in higher risk groups include:

  • Pre-exposure vaccinations
  • Antibody titers every 2 years to evaluate need for vaccine or booster
  • Post-exposure treatment based on pre-exposure status

Appointments

Appointments with Occupational Medicine are available for vaccines, titers and post-exposure treatment.

  • Call 608-265-5610 to schedule appointment during clinic hours.
  • Complete and bring all required and relevant forms for appointment.
  • Check in 6th floor “Green Clinic” reception desk at 333 East Campus Mall.

Resources

Q-Fever

Contact EOH (eoh@uhs.wisc.edu) for guidelines for reducing the risk of exposure to the Q Fever agent (Coxiella burnetii)

Reproductive

Reproductive hazards may affect the health of men and women and the ability of couples to have healthy children. Some known reproductive hazards are anesthetic agents, antineoplastic drugs, toluene, lead, ethylene oxide, and radiation.

Services

If you are concerned about workplace hazards impacting your reproductive health, contact the following.

  • Occupational Medicine Clinic, 608-265-5610, for consults
  • EOH 608-890-1992 or eoh@uhs.wisc.edu) for hazard assessment, personal protective equipment, and guidance on other control options
  • EHS Animal Research Safety species and agent specifics-expertise

Resources

Reproductive Outreach Overview

Respirable Crystalline Silica

EOH coordinates compliance for OSHA 1926.1153 and 1910.1053 for Respirable Crystalline Silica in construction and general industry, respectively. Occupational Medicine provides medical surveillance for UW–Madison.

 Services

  • UHS and EOH provides hazard assessment, air monitoring, training coordination, and personal protection equipment.
  • Occupational Medicine offers medical surveillance program for employees.

 Appointments

UHS Occupational Medicine contacts eligible employees with information about medical surveillance appointments.

 Resources

Training

EOH Training > Silica

Records available in VCRGE lookup utility

Tuberculosis

Occupational Medicine offers workplace required or recommended tuberculosis screening for UW–Madison faculty, staff, student employees and affiliates.

Services

  • Skin testing with first and second visit must occur 48–72 hours later to read results
  • Comprehensive screening with chest X-rays, symptom screens, and Interferon-Gamma Release Assays

Appointments

  • Call 608-265-5610 to schedule during clinic hours.
  • Complete and bring all required and relevant forms for appointment.
  • Check in 6th floor “Green Clinic” reception desk at 333 East Campus Mall.

Resources