Biosafety Occupational Health Program

The Texas A&M University Biosafety Occupational Health Program (BOHP) provides occupational health services to personnel at risk of exposure to infectious biohazards (in BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs) or to animals in the course of their participation in IBC or IACUC permitted research, teaching or diagnostic activities.

The BOHP provides eligible participants with access to educational resources, occupational health services, and to an occupational health provider. Specifically, the BOHP addresses occupational exposure to the following:

  • Biohazardous materials handled in IBC permitted research, teaching or diagnostic laboratories at BSL-2 or higher including:
    • Human pathogens or zoonotic pathogens of animals;
    • Materials potentially containing human pathogens (e.g., human or non-human primate blood, body fluids, unfixed tissues, or cell lines- including commercially available lines);
    • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules and cells, organisms, and viruses containing such molecules; and
    • Biological select agents and toxins.
  • Animal related injuries or illness, including:
    • Development of animal allergens and asthma; or
    • Animal bites or scratches that break the skin; or
    • Exposure of mucus membranes or non-intact skin to animal waste or body fluids.

Contact BOHP with questions about the Biosafety Occupational Health Program.