Individuals who drive commercial motor vehicles are required to have a valid commercial driver's license (CDL). In addition, these individuals must have a Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) certificate, which confirms that the person meets the medical criteria required to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as outlined by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Commercial motor vehicles include vehicles that:
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.
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).
Faculty and staff in the Division of Animal Care, as well as research staff who work with sheep or goats, have the potential for exposure to Q fever. These employees are required to participate in OHC's surveillance program to detect any signs of Q fever infection.
Standardized patients (SPs) are individuals who are hired to "act out" medical illnesses and other conditions, often repeatedly, as a teaching exercise for medical students and other learners at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Exposure to hazardous chemicals or other materials may cause a variety of health problems: skin and mucous membrane irritation; reproductive problems; bone marrow changes with altered blood cell production; impaired live
Vanderbilt faculty/staff who are exposed to high levels of noise at work will have a hearing test when they start working. The hearing test is repeated every year as long as the person is exposed to high levels of noise.
Occupational Health offers travel exams for all Vanderbilt faculty and staff who will be traveling internationally on Vanderbilt business.