VUMC nurses can undergo training to become certified to place TB Skin Tests for patients and for their peers. The TB Skin Test training program consists of three steps:
People who work in or around Zones III and IV of the MRI suite are exposed to very strong magnetic fields. These magnetic fields can affect internal devices or foreign materials in the body, such as pacemakers, aneurysm clips, other implants, and joint replacements. These items can move or vibrate, become "activated" unintentionally, or become hot as a result of exposure to the magnetic field.
The Return to Work Program allows you to continue working after a job-related illness or injury even when you cannot do all of your regular duties. This lets you continue working, earning pay, receiving benefits and lets you save your accrued time-off for other needs.
Quitting smoking is the most effective action you can take to improve your overall health and prevent many diseases or illnesses. It is hard to quit smoking and a lot of people make many tries to quit before becoming a non smoker.
People who work with animals have an occupational risk of allergies, which can lead to occupational asthma. To prevent asthma, it is important to find individuals who are starting to have allergy symptoms when they work with animals. By identifying these people and helping protect them with a special respirator, we can reduce their exposure to animal allergens and reduce their risk of asthma.
Staff members who embalm bodies of Anatomical Donations, faculty who use preserved cadavers to teach anatomy, and first-year pathology residents must participate in the formaldehyde surveillance program through the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC).
If you are a Vanderbilt faculty or staff member and you have an injury caused by your work, the Occupational Health Clinic is here to help you. You do not have to schedule an appointment to be evaluated for a new work injury.
Smallpox is an acute, contagious illness characterized by fever, backache, and prostration followed by the appearance of an eruption of papules and vesicles which became pustular by the eighth day. Although smallpox disease has been eradicated worldwide, researchers sometimes still use the vaccinia virus, which is the virus used in the smallpox vaccine. These research faculty and staff may obtain smallpox vaccine from OHC at no charge.
(See VUMC Vaccination Policy requirements further down this page.)