Texas Tech University

Occupational Health Program (OHP)

The OHP at Texas Tech is designed to monitor, mitigate and treat health issues that can develop due to occupational hazards. The program consists of three parts:

Assessment

This includes assigning personnel into the program due to occupational risks. The Assessment stage should be performed using the Occupational Risk Assessment. Enrollment into the program is accomplished using the Enrollment Form which is then submitted onto the Occupational Health Program for review.

Employees whose work assignments meet the requirements of the Respiratory Protection Program (TTU OP 60.05) or the Bloodborne Pathogen Protection Program (TTU OP 60.24) must enroll in the OHP.

Surveillance

This component of the program includes regular monitoring of personnel for risk factors and health issues.

Response

The response component of the program is designed to medically treat occupational illnesses. This includes two types of illnesses:

Acute

These illnesses are immediate in nature and usually the result of accidents. These should be addressed by the emergency response medical provider in the workplace safety plan.

Chronic

These illnesses are slow developing and usually the result of long term overexposure to health hazards. These conditions are often identified and addressed by the occupational health program provider.

Program Steps

  1. An occupational risk assessment should be performed by the workplace supervisor and details of workplace hazards should be described in the position description of the employee. Texas Tech Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) should be consulted when encountering unknown or undefined hazards.
  2. The employee should complete and submit the Enrollment Form  to EHS at ehs.ohp@ttu.edu.
  3. EHS will submit the form to the Occupational Health Provider.
  4. The Occupational Health Provider will follow up with the employee to coordinate and perform the appropriate medical care and maintain all health records.
  5. The Occupational Health Provider will provide recommendations to EHS and the workplace supervisor as to recommended work status and any restrictions for the employee.

Occupational Health Provider

OccMed Associates
25 Brierbroft Office Park
Lubbock, TX 79412-3011
(806) 795-7433

As necessary, EHS will provide exposure assessments, necessary training and recommendations for engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment to mitigate workplace hazards.

During an emergency response, medical care can be provided by any medical professional with a follow-up Incident Form submitted to the Office of Risk Management and coordinated follow-up medical care through the Occupational Health Provider.

Animal Users should visit: Animal Care and Use Occupational Health and Safety's site.

Documents

Occupational Risk Assessment Form
Enrollment Form

Environmental Health & Safety