Completing the Occupational Health Review (OHSS)

Medical Surveillance Process

The UCSC Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS) provides a medical screening service for research personnel who may have direct contact with animals. This process is administered by the Environmental Health and Safety Office, and the latest news is to be found at EH&S/OHSS.

Use of Live Vertebrate Animal Subjects with Contact

All UC Santa Cruz personnel, including faculty, post-docs, staff, students (graduate and undergraduate), and volunteers, listed as working on an IACUC Use of Live Vertebrate Animal Subjects with Contact protocol, must complete the OHSS process for protocol approval.  Please access the site here

Occupational Health Surveillance System

Questions related to the medical surveillance process and participant OHSS approval should be directed to biosafety@ucsc.edu or by calling (831) 459-2553.

Some situations may not require full OHSS review for all participants. If all or some of your research involves one of the following, please review the alternative requirements:

Observation-Only or Vertebrate Sample Protocols

Submission of an Observation of Non-Human Vertebrates – No Contact protocol or a Use of Vertebrate Samples protocol to the IACUC does not require completion of OHSS unless you are notified to do so by EH&S. Observation Only or Vertebrate Sample protocols will be reviewed by EH&S for health and safety concerns (biosafety, field safety, general safety, etc). If additional information is necessary or medical surveillance is deemed appropriate, EH&S will contact the PI directly to request details.

Questions related to the risk assessment process for Observation Only or Vertebrate Sample protocols should be directed to biosafety@ucsc.edu or by calling (831) 459-2553.

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