Occupational Safety

The Occupational Safety policy, number 4.431 established the Safety Manual as the collection of procedures and standards that the Campus community must follow to remain in compliance with safety regulations and best practices. It is each employees’ responsibility to read and understand the procedures in the Safety Manual.

Accessing Occupational Health Program Services

During Business Hours:

Priority Care Clinic

UNTHSC Health Pavilion
 855 Montgomery St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-735-2273

Week end and After Business Hours:

Emergency room of your choosing

STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN THE EVENT OF A NEEDLE STICK/

BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN  EXPOSURE/ BIOHAZARD EXPOSURE/INJURY

For Students at UNTHSC

  1. Clean exposed area with soap and water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Flush mucous membranes with water or saline for at least 15 minutes.
  3. If the source patient is known and present, keep individual on-site for a blood draw
  4. Notify instructor / clinic supervisor / hospital supervisor to report injury
  5. Follow the program’s guidance
  6. When an occupational exposure occurs, whether in the Metroplex or not, students are directed to receive care at their clinical site.  If the facility cannot provide care, the student should go to the nearest emergency room.
    1. During Business Hours Obtain medical evaluation and treatment at – Priority Care Clinic, UNTHSC Health Pavilion855 Montgomery St.,Fort Worth, TX 76107Phone: 817-735-2273
    2.  Weekend and After Business Hours- Please refer to your program guidance for further information.

7. Complete the necessary paperwork

For Faculty and Staff at UNTHSC

  1. Clean exposed area with soap and water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Flush mucous membranes with water or saline for at least 15 minutes.
  3. If the source patient is known and present, keep individual on-site for a blood draw
  4. Notify instructor / clinic supervisor / hospital supervisor to report injury
    1. During Business Hours Obtain medical evaluation and treatment at – Priority Care Clinic, UNTHSC Health Pavilion855 Montgomery St.,Fort Worth, TX 76107Phone: 817-735-2273
    2.  Weekend and After Business Hours- Please go to the nearest emergency room of your choice.
    3. Employees can go to the nearest emergency room, if injured on the weekend or after hours. 

5. Complete the necessary paperwork

Exposure other than BBP for For Faculty and Staff  at UNTHSC

If you experience a medical emergency and need emergency care, you should immediately contact your supervisor and seek treatment from the nearest hospital emergency room or emergency care facility.

Employee Action Steps

Notify your Supervisor immediately.

If you become injured and it is not an emergency, find a provider in the CareWorks network for treatment. With the exception of emergency care, employees who live within the network’s service area are required to obtain medical treatment for a work-related injury from a network provider. Inform your health care provider that the injury may be covered by workers’ compensation provided by the State of Texas.

Submit the required paperwork as needed. For Workers’ Compensation please visit our UNTHSC Workers’ Compensation page for the required forms and more information about the Workers’ Compensation process. 

Medical Treatment

  • Employees who experience a work-related injury are required to seek medical treatment from an approved network treating doctor in the CareWorks Managed Care Services network.
  • All referrals to a specialist must be submitted by the approved network treating doctor.
  • Services provided by an approved network treating doctor or other approved network health care providers will be paid for by the Texas State Employees’ Workers’ Compensation program. Except for emergency care, you may be required to pay the bill if you get care from a doctor or provider who is not in the CareWorks Managed Care Services network.
  • You can also seek initial treatment at our on-campus Priority Care Clinic located in the Health Pavilion. Call 817-735-CARE (2273) for more information.
If you are a student or volunteer and you are not employed by the health science center, you are not covered by workers’ compensation. You should follow the requirements of your private health insurance when seeking care for your injury.

 

UPDATE: Workers’ Compensation Health Care Network Information

Effective February 1, 2020, the workers’ compensation provider network has been replaced by CareWorks Managed Care Services.

  • Go to www.careworks.com
    – Click on “Find A Provider” – top Right corner of home page.
    – Choose Careworks TX HCN from menu of plans/networks.
    – Choose tab “Address Search” (there enter TX for state and the zip)
    – Select distance in miles: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, etc.

For Provider Type, choose “Treating Providers” then click on Find Providers button at the bottom.

Supervisors
  • Notify your Campus HR Representative of any employee injuries no later than 24 hours after the first notice of injury.
  • If your injured employee is unable to report the injury on their own, please contact your Campus HR Representative or call 817-735-2690 for assistance.
  • Make sure the Workers’ Compensation packet is completed and returned to your Campus HR Representative no later than three (3) working days after the first notice of injury.
  • You must notify your Campus HR Representative within 24 hours if the injured employee:
    •  is unable to work after the injury
    •  returns to work with/without restrictions
    •  has a change in earnings during a pay period
    •  dies, resigns or is terminated
Nearby Urgent Care Providers

Employees are not required to use the urgent care providers listed below for initial treatment. They are listed in order of proximity to the UNTHSC campus for your convenience.

CareNow
2700 Horne St, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817-570-7985

Nova Medical Centers
1106 Alston Avenue Ste. 120
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-332-0660

This page was last modified on September 13, 2021