Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health Surveillance

The IBC will determine whether researchers working on that BUA will be required to enroll in the Occupational Health (Medical) Surveillance Program. The basis for enrollment includes requirements listed in the Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (§5193), the Aerosol Transmissible Disease/Pathogen Standard (§5199) and other applicable regulations and guidelines.

If an individual is offered the Hepatitis B vaccination series and declines it, he/she must file a declination form with the Biosafety Program before starting work covered under the BUA.

**Note: If an employee is offered the Hepatitis B vaccination series and declines when first offered, he/she is not giving up his/her rights to receive the vaccination series at no cost (e.g., university pays) as long as he/she is still working on a project for which the vaccination series is offered.

Volunteers (e.g., an individual not paid by UC Merced) generally pay for vaccinations themselves or through their insurance.