Occupational Health and Safety

Institutions that receive federal funding to conduct animal research must provide an occupational health program for individuals who work with animals. This is a requirement of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Workers who work with laboratory animals must be enrolled in the program not on the basis of contact hours or job title, but on the basis of risk associated with the work they perform.


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Assessing Risks

We’ve provided a Risk Assessment Analysis to help give you the information you need to be safe on the job. Click on the animal(s) that you work with to see a risk assessment typically associated with that species. Please note that this is intended to supplement, not replace, information and advice you may receive from Employee Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety, or the Biosafety Officer nor is it intended to be a complete risk assessment. This is a starting point only. Please contact Employee Health Services for information specific to your personal situation. Everyone should be provided the safest work environment possible.




What You Need to Know When Working with Laboratory Animals


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