Occupational Medicine for Biomedical Research

University of Southern California (USC)’s Occupational Medicine for Biomedical Research Program is designed to protect employees who are engaged in biomedical research by providing up-to-date prophylactic measures that include immunizations and tests as well as rapid response to accidents and illnesses that may be work-related.

This program has been developed by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) using information from experts including USC physicians and research faculty, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and cohort institutions to develop best practices that provide state-of-the-art healthcare services.

In order to make the Occupational Medicine Program’s services accessible and convenient, we share a relationship with the Keck Healthcare Centers, the Engemann and Eric Cohen Student Healthcare Centers, as well as other nearby healthcare providers.

USC is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for each employee and ensures full compliance with all applicable occupational safety and health regulations. The Biosafety Program in concert with the USC Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) performs a risk assessment of each research project involving biological hazards or chemical hazards common in biomedical research such as chemotherapy agents, carcinogens, and toxins of biological origin. This risk assessment determines which occupational medicine procedures will be recommended or required.

Components of the Occupational Medicine Program are required by regulatory, advisory, and accreditation bodies in order to conduct biomedical research, including immunizations, vaccines, tests, and other procedures related to research hazards. They must be offered to employees but are not mandatory and may be declined. In some cases, prophylactic measures are required in order for an employee to safely participate in a particular research. In that case, the employee may choose not to undertake the research project if he or she is not willing to comply with the medical recommendation.

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