Planning to Visit an Exotic Country?
The Travel Medicine Program of UPHS provides comprehensive immunization and counseling services for those planning to travel abroad. They also provide prescriptions and health products needed for world travel. Penn Travel Medicine maintains a list of the latest disease threats and which vaccines are recommended for each country. They can also make recommendations about common ailments among travelers, give advice on how to make water safe, identify what foods to avoid, how to reduce insect bites and how to prevent and treat altitude sickness.
For best results, it is recommended that travelers contact the Travel Medicine Office six to eight weeks in advance of travel. To schedule an appointment at any of the six offices (HUP, Radnor, Collegeville, Spring House, Yardley, Doylestown) call 1-800-789-PENN or (610) 902-5618.
Faculty Club Board 2001-2002
The Faculty Club's Annual Meeting was held on May 10. Congratulations to the newly elected and the reelected members of the Club's Board of Governors.
All Penn faculty, staff and alumni are invited to become members of the Faculty Club.
--Natalka A. Swavely, Club Coordinator
IT@Penn: Discounts for Penn and HUP Staff and Students
IT@Penn, Penn's non-credit information technology program housed in CGS, has a new pricing policy for Penn staff and students. By realizing savings in several areas, IT@Penn has been able to lower its overall price structure to be more competitive in the IT education marketplace. Penn degree students and full-time Penn and HUP staff are entitled to a 10% discount off these new lower prices at all times. In addition, for Penn students and Penn and HUP staff, IT@Penn will now match the price of any qualified vendor for a comparable IT training course. For current course listings, prices and policies, visit www.upenn.edu/LearnIT, or e-mail LearnIT@sas.upenn.edu, or call (215) 573-0860.
EHRS Exposure Control Plan
Effective April 18, 2001, OSHA revised the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard as mandated by the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. Passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law on November 6, 2000, the Act directed specific revisions to the standard, including clarifying the requirement for employers to select safer needle devices as they become available and involving employees in identifying and choosing the devices.
The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) has revised the University of Pennsylvania Exposure Control Plan, as required by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The updated plan reflects 1) revisions to the standard itself, 2) updated University policies and 3) new information on tuberculosis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Principal Investigators/area supervisors must complete the plan if their personnel have the potential to be exposed to human blood, blood products and other potentially infectious materials harboring pathogens such as: Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, non-A non-B hepatitis virus(es), Human T-cell Lymphotrophic Virus type I, Plasmodium spp., Babesia microti, Brucella spp., Leptospira interrogans, Arboviruses, Borrelia, and agents which cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and viral hemorrhagic fever. The completed plan must be readily accessible to all employees who may come in contact with these materials.
To obtain a copy of the plan, call EHRS at (215) 898-4453. The plan may also be downloaded from the EHRS website, www.ehrs.upenn.edu.
Faculty/Staff Directory 2001-2002
Production of the 2001-2002 Telephone Directory is progressing on schedule. All revisions made online by June 27 will appear in the 2001-2002 Telephone Directory (subject to your departmental Directory Liaison's approval). Directory Liaisons will receive a departmental listing by July 16 to verify or make revisions.
For future updates to your directory record, go to www.upenn.edu/directories/dir-update.html. Your PennNet ID and password and required to enter the online application. (For more information regarding your PennNet ID and password, go to www.upenn.edu/computing/netid). New staff members may edit their record after they have obtained a PennCard and PennNet ID/password.
Faculty and staff should continue to use the online update feature to revise directory information throughout the year. These updates will be made regularly to the online directory, available from the main Penn webpage, allowing the University community access to immediate and accurate information.
Deadline for Departmental Tan Pages (for Directory Liaisons only): August 2
Directory Liaisons should submit any additions, deletions, or other changes by Thursday, August 2. Please submit these revisions by one of the following ways:
For More Information
Contact Kelli Waters, (215) 898-7643, firstname.lastname@example.org or 125 Sansom Place East/6106.
Directories will be distributed to the campus community at the beginning of October.
--Donna M. Petrelli-Aquino, Senior IT Support Specialist, Division of Business Services
Almanac Schedule: The next issue is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4--first issue of the fall. August 14 is the deadline for September At Penn; August 21 is the deadline for the issue.
Almanac will also send an e-mail to Express Almanac subscribers when news is posted to Almanac Between Issues during the summer.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 17, 2001