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EHS 0745 Hepatitis B Medical Surveillance Requirement

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You have EHS 0745 Hepatitis B Medical Surveillance requirement because you belong to a Work Planning and Control activity that indicates that you may be exposed to materials that may contain the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Because of this, you are required to complete Berkeley Lab’s Hepatitis B Medical Surveillance requirement. Some of the information that follows is also communicated in LBNL’s Blood Borne Pathogen trainings (EHS 0735 BBP for researchers, and in EHS 0738 Blood Borne Pathogen Refresher Training).

To complete this requirement, you must:

About this document:
This document provides information about hepatitis B virus and illness, and information regarding the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination process. This information is intended to help you make an informed decision about the hepatitis B vaccination.

What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B, also known as HBV, is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. A hepatitis B infection can result in either an acute (short term) infection or a chronic (long term) infection. A simple blood test can diagnose an acute or chronic hepatitis B infection. People of all ages get hepatitis B and roughly 5,000 die per year of sickness caused by HBV. Hepatitis B may cause acute (short term) health effects or may cause chronic (long-term) health effects.

Acute Hepatitis B infection:
 An acute hepatitis B infection may last up to 6 months. The person may or may not have symptoms during this time, but during this time the persons infected with HBV are able to pass the virus to another.

Acute symptoms include:

Chronic Hepatitis B infection:
Hepatitis B may cause chronic (long term) health effects. People who test positive for the hepatitis B virus for more than 6 months (after their first blood test result) are diagnosed as having a chronic infection. As mentioned above, it's possible for a person with HBV infection to have no symptoms, and again, people with a chronic HBV infection can infect others.

Treatment:
Antiviral drugs are available for the treatment of chronic HBV infection
Chronic symptoms include:

How you might become exposed:
You may become exposed to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) through direct contact with infected human blood or other infectious and bodily fluids or tissues (e.g., via a puncture wound or eye/mouth contact).  Exposure to some human cells used in research may also present some undefined risk of HBV infection, since human cells are derived from human tissues.

What you should do if you have been exposed:
You must notify your Supervisor and LBNL Health Services at 510-486-6266 if you think you may have been exposed to HBV infected human blood, human tissues, certain bodily fluids, or human cells. Health Services will provide a confidential medical evaluation and appropriate follow up guidance. You or your supervisor must also notify the Biosafety Officer at [email protected]or 510-495-2768.

Benefits of Hepatitis B Vaccination:
The HBV vaccine is recommended for adults at high risk for infection due to their jobs, as well as those with diabetes, and all infants at birth and for children up to 18 years of age.

What are the risks to Hepatitis B vaccination?

What is the Hepatitis B vaccination process?
LBNL Health Services provides HBV vaccination, and/or confidential medical counseling regarding the vaccine, at no cost to employees.  The HBV vaccination process includes a series of three shots over a period of six months.

Who must complete the HBV Medical Surveillance process?
The LBNL medical surveillance program for hepatitis B virus must be completed by each worker who is potentially exposed to certain human materials defined by OSHA.  These materials include:

How to complete your medical surveillance requirement:
You will complete your LBNL HBV Medical Surveillance requirement when you complete the online HBV Medical Surveillance form (Using the link at the end of this webpage).
You must indicate one of the folloswing:

Computer Requirements for accessing the online hepatitis b form:

To access the form to receive credit for EHS0745 Hepatitis B Medical Surveillance, you need to be connected to LBNL internal network so you have two options:

  1. Access the form using an LBNL computer hard-wire connected to the LBNL network
    1. LBNL computer must be connected to the internet using an ethernet cable (not wifi)
  2. Access the form using a Virtual Private Network (VPN software)
    1. VPN is needed when using a wireless connection or when accessing the online form when not at Berkeley Lab.
      1. Instructions for downloading VPN software.
      2. If you have installed the VPN and still have issues accessing the form, please contact [email protected]  or x5440.
  3. Use the button below to access the online medical surveilance form. After youcomplete the form you will receive credit.