Institutional Health | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Mission:  The mission of an occupational health and safety program is to foster the prevention of occupationally acquired illnesses and injuries, the early recognition of health alterations due to occcupational exposures, and the treatment and management of occupationally acquired illnesses and injuries. 

The occupational health-care service works within the occupational health and safety program to ensure that risks associated with the use of research animals are kept to an acceptable minimum.  The following factors should be considered in performing an adequate risk assessment:

  • Animal contact
  • Exposure intensity
  • Exposure frequency
  • Physical and biological hazards presented by the animal
  • Hazardous properties of the agents used in the research protocols
  • Susceptibility of the employee
  • Occupational health history of employee doings similar work

An effective occupational health and safety program is based on seven basic concepts:
  1. Knowing the hazards
  2. Avoiding and controlling exposures
  3. Training and education
  4. Rules and guidelines
  5. Consistency
  6. Recordkeeping and monitoring
  7. Commitment and coordination


Occupational Health Nurse - Shayla Lawson Ford, RN

Phone (806) 743-3441
Office Hours Office Hours: 8am-4pm, M-F
Address Address: 3601 4th Street, MS 8150, Lubbock, TX 79430

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Office Hours: 8-4/M-F
Clinic Hours: 9-3/M-F
Location: 1A150