As Boston University’s research programs have grown, so have the needs of the occupational health program for researchers. To respond to the growth, Boston University has established a comprehensive Research Occupational Health Program (ROHPResearch Occupational Health Program). This step enhances the health and safety of our researchers which is one of our primary concerns and ensures that occupational health is an integral part of our overall health and safety programs.

ROHP is part of the Office of Research Compliance serving Boston University and Boston Medical Center and is focused on the health, wellness, and safety of the University’s scientific research community. ROHP promotes a culture of safety in research by utilizing comprehensive best practices to perform medical surveillance, workplace risk assessments, biosafety and agent training, and clinical occupational health services led by board certified Occupational Medicine physicians.

ROHP Services: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Pre-placement and Fitness to Work Evaluations
  • On-the-Job Injury Care
  • Immediate First Aid
  • Follow-up care for work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Coordination of health care and referrals to specialists
  • Work hazard identification
  • Coordination of post-injury return to work
  • Immunizations
  • Medical Screening
  • On-Site Training Programs
  • Consultation on Health-related Issues at Boston University
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Case Management

Certain microbiological agents and other materials used in the labs for research may have distinct hazards or special occupational health requirements. Researchers and other staff who handle animals, microbiological agents, or viable samples from animals and humans should consult with occupational health before handling the animal or materials. Please contact the Research Occupational Health Program at 617-414-7647 for consultations.

Agent Information Sheets

Find detailed information about biological agents approved for use within the Boston University/Boston Medical Center research community that have the potential to cause laboratory acquired infection (LAI). While LAI is a rare event, the research community continues to take proactive measures to further mitigate risk to researchers, safety personnel, and medical providers.

View Agent Information Sheets

Researcher Information to Assess and Avoid Risks in the Lab

Get useful information on assessing individual risk and avoiding potential health problems, particularly those associated with exposure to laboratory animals including allergies, working with non-human primates, and microbiological agents.

Learn more about staying healthy in the lab

Forms and Questionnaires

Many of the forms used as part of the ROHP medical surveillance program are available on this site in the Forms tab above. When completed, the form(s) should be sent to ROHP either by email or faxed to the ROHP secure electronic fax number, 617-977-8788.

The ROHP medical staff will review your questionnaire(s) and contact you if additional information, testing, immunizations, or a clinic visit is required. ROHP staff will contact you directly to schedule an appointment for you to visit us at the ROHP clinic located on the Medical Campus: Evans Building, 72 E. Concord Street, 8th Floor, Room 825.

Note about privacy: Many of the forms request personal health information, which is needed to establish a baseline medical history for those persons performing research or supporting research. To protect the privacy of your medical information, these questionnaires should be sent directly to ROHP and should not be shared with your supervisor, manager, colleagues, or HR representative.

Questionnaires

ROHP is introducing revised questionnaire forms to be completed by employees engaged in or supporting research activities at Boston University. The two revised questionnaire forms are the Initial Health and the Annual Health Status Questionnaires. These questionnaire forms replace the Medical Surveillance Form, the Animal Exposure Surveillance Program Medical Evaluation Form, and the Med Surveillance for Lab Animal Exposed Annual Occupational Health Questionnaire.

In addition to consolidating the number of questionnaires used to perform medical surveillance for the research community, the purpose of the new questionnaires is to:

  • Enhance the quality and clarity of information provided to perform individual risk assessments as part of research medical surveillance.
  • Extend its use to include non-researchers who provide support to or have access to areas where research is performed with animals, agents, and hazardous materials.

Additional External Resources

ROHP practices are informed by a variety of expert resources external to BU. Below is a selection of resources that lab workers will find useful.