General Information For New Employees
Occupational Health Program conducts health evaluations for all new employees at Baylor, as well as for trainees who continue at Baylor as staff/faculty. The evaluation can vary from individual to individual, but typically includes an assessment of your work activities, review of health status, review of vaccinations and TB testing.
About Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
All persons are required to have TB testing from Occupational Health at the start of employment. This is true even if you have had recent testing elsewhere. A TB test is the injection of a small amount of solution under the skin and it tests for whether a person has been exposed and infected with TB. The test must be read by OHP 48-72 hours after placement.
Exceptions- If you have had a positive TB test in the past and can provide documentation of the test result, then you do not need to be tested again. Likewise, if you provide documentation of treatment for active or latent TB then you do not need to be tested.
Please note that BCG vaccination is not a contraindication to TB testing. We regularly test people who have had BCG in the past!
What You Need To Do As a New Employee
1. Have your TB test placed by OHP when you start work at Baylor. Most persons will have their TB test placed at New Employee Orientation.
2. Please go to the OHP Clinic to have your TB test read and finish your health evaluation.
3. Immunization records are needed to ensure you receive proper medical care. Providers usually count only those vaccinations that are documented on a written record. So, if immunization records are lost or not available, you may have to repeat vaccine doses. Piecing together old immunization records can be difficult and time-consuming. Some suggestions on where to find old records:
- All previous healthcare providers
- Personal records, including asking spouses or parents
- Schools, colleges or post-secondary institutions you attended
- Previous employers, including the military
4. OHP will review all of the information with you when we see you. We also review your job activities at Baylor and discuss relevant health risks.