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Occupational Health and Safety/Personnel Training and Health Risk Assessment Program

As of June 2022, we have developed and implemented the new health assessment program now required as part of IACUC approval. As of now, all faculty, students, and staff (including student animal care workers) must have health clearance and training before beginning any work with animals.

Health Risk and Training Requirements

All personnel (faculty, full-time staff, students participating in research, and students employed in animal care facilities) must:

  • Complete CITI online training modules (once every 3 years):
    • Working with the IACUC
    • Working with (specific species module if available, e.g. Wildlife, Hamsters, Mice, Zebrafish) (this is not required for student care workers).
  • Complete Mark Ross’ lab safety seminar (once a year)
  • Be cleared by a Health Assessment Questionnaire (confidentially reviewed by a health professional) (one-time only, unless personal circumstances/exposures change) 

Students participating in a class laboratory exercise are exempt and expected to be briefed on relevant health and safety by the faculty of the course. For example, please provide students with the basics of what IACUC is, responsible use of animals, and hazards for the lab exercise (e.g., potential allergen exposure to mice, or potential microbial contact with handling fish or amphibians). All of this may be done by giving them the IACUC Info sheet.

YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO CONTINUE ANIMAL RESEARCH UNLESS HEALTH SCREENING AND CITI TRAINING ARE COMPLETED

The IACUC Information Sheet, Health Risk Screening, and Approval forms are listed below. The info sheet details all the necessary information about the basics of the IACUC, responsible use of animals, and the Health and Training Program. Information regarding CITI Training can be found here. 

file-outline IACUC Health Risk and Training Info Sheet - Information Sheet_IACUC Training and Health Risk Assessment.docx (22.08 KB)
file-outline IACUC Health Risk Screening - IACUC Health Risk Screen.docx (22.12 KB)
file-outline IACUC Health Risk Approval Form - IACUC Health Risk Approval Form.docx (18.35 KB)

Any Questions?

Please feel free to email the committee or IACUC Chair with any questions or concerns.