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Current D-H Employees

We take great pride in caring for our employees. To assist in maintaining a healthy and productive workforce, our staff can provide assistance in the following ways.

Medical and pre-employment screenings

Occupational Medicine provides specialized care for the following types of screenings:

  • Work Injury Treatment and Evaluation: Our team of specialized providers and case managers offer a broad range of health services and screenings to assess and treat employees’ work-related health issues and injuries.
  • Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations: As part of D-H’s commitment to a drug-free workplace and the health and safety of our employees and patients, D-H implemented a Substance Abuse and Drug-Free Workplace policy and Fitness For Duty policy. For information about Fitness For Duty Screenings, please contact Employee Relations (secure login required).
  • Medical Surveillance Screenings: Screenings are performed to meet OSHA regulations for respirator clearance, specialized lab testing, and industrial audiogram exams. Screening can also be tailored pending specified requirements.
  • Pre-employment Screening: This screening provides a baseline measurement of the health and physical ability of a prospective employee. Pre-placement physicals are required to be completed within two weeks of date of acceptance of the job offer and will include any missing immunizations.

Immunization management

All Dartmouth-Hitchcock physicians and staff are required to have the following immunizations prior to their General Orientation date (unless granted medical or religious exemption):

  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Diptheria
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B (as job duties require)
  • TB testing

Non D-H Employees will be advised of their required immunizations by their respective employer.

If you need copies of your employee immunization records, please call Occupational Medicine at 603-653-3849. Please allow up to 72 hours for processing, as a nurse review is done for each request.

Bloodborne or bodily fluid exposure at work

In the course of their job duties, staff may be exposed to blood borne pathogens. An exposure is generally defined as a percutaneous injury (for example, a needlestick or cut with a sharp object), contact of mucous membrane or non-intact skin with blood, tissue or body fluids that are contaminated with visible blood.

If you had a needlestick or believe you have been exposed to blood, tissue, or body fluids that are contaminated with visible blood:

  • Wash and/or irrigate the exposure site.
  • Report the incident to your supervisor.
  • Complete an OWL Report as soon as possible.
  • For medical treatment and reporting contact Occupational Medicine.

Call the BUZZ Hotline, 5-6000 at anytime to report an exposure.

For more information, view the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Policy (secure login required).

Sick at work

You should NOT be at work if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough: If you have a cough and fever. If you have a cough and no fever, wear a mask at work until cough has resolved.
  • Fever: If you have a fever (higher than 100° F or 28° C within the last 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines).
  • Vomiting & Diarrhea: If you have new (less than two weeks) vomiting or diarrhea. You cannot work until you have no diarrhea for 48 hours, and/or no vomiting for 48 hours.
  • Eye conditions: You cannot work with eye drainage until eye drainage has resolved.

If you are not sure or have further health concern questions please contact us at 603-653-3850 or make an appointment at Employee Express Care.

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