Enrolling in the BOHP
Personnel at risk of exposure to infectious biohazards or animal allergens through the course of their participation in, or operational support of, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) permitted research, teaching or diagnostic activities are required to enroll in the Biosafety Occupational Health Program (BOHP).
For additional guidance on enrolling in the BOHP, please reference the Biosafety Occupational Health Program Enrollment Guidance Document. [PDF]
- Visitors (e.g., a visiting scholar or collaborator) are not assigned a TAMU NetID; therefore, they will not be able to access the BOHP portal. Visitors will need to either provide documentation of enrollment in their home institution’s occupational health program or complete the BOHP Visitor Enrollment Form [PDF]. Proof of enrollment and completed visitor enrollment forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How often and why do I have to update my BOHP enrollment questionnaire?
Your BOHP questionnaire should be updated at least annually. If you have a significant change in your health status or work duties and/or research before your annual enrollment update is due, then you should update your questionnaire at that time (e.g., you previously did not work with animals, but your lab will begin working with mice as part of a new study. Your enrollment questionnaire should be updated to reflect this change).
Annual updates offer participants the opportunity to reevaluate the hazards in their workplace and to request a consult with the occupational health provider to discuss any workplace/health concerns they may have.
Do I have to use a specific internet browser to log into the BOHP portal?
No, the portal is compatible with several internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Explorer, and Firefox). However, if you are using an outdated version of an internet browser, you may experience issues.
How do I know when it is time to update my BOHP enrollment?
The portal will send you an automatic email notification when your enrollment update is due. Additionally, BOHP and Office of Biosafety (OBS) staff may send out personal email reminders if your enrollment date is over a year old.
It is important that you make sure your email address in the portal is current and correct, otherwise you may not receive notification emails from the portal.
What do I do if my supervisor’s name is not listed in the portal?
Please send an email to email@example.com and let us know that your supervisor needs to be added to the supervisor list in the BOHP portal.
What should I do if I do not know the date(s) of the vaccination(s) I have received?
If you do not know the date you received a vaccination, you can list “unknown” for date received. Once you find out when you received the vaccination you can update your enrollment questionnaire to include that information.
Who can I contact if I need assistance with completing my BOHP enrollment questionnaire?
If you are unsure how to answer a question under work environment, then you need to speak with your supervisor.
BOHP staff can assist with technical issues/questions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.