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IACUC Guideline to Ensure Training and Occupational Health Program Enrollment for New Staff Working with Animals or Exposed to Animal Tissues or Wastes

This Guideline is intended to clarify the requirements for all staff who may be (1) working directly with animals, (2) exposed to non-sanitized tissues, fluids, or wastes, or non-sanitized caging or enclosures, or (3) providing service support to animal areas. The IACUC will provide this guideline to all units whose personnel may have such exposure. The checklists provided are intended to assist a supervisor in ensuring completion of all requirements for new staff members, regardless of the category of animal exposure.

Consistent with Federal Regulations and Institutional Policy, new staff members who will be exposed to animals or non-sanitized animal tissues, etc. must complete the specified requirements. Volunteers who meet any of the categories indicated below must complete the identified requirements for that category.

Staff working on an IACUC-approved project must be identified in the Animal Care and Use Proposal (ACUP) form or via an Amendment. These documents need to be approved by the IACUC prior to initiating any animal work. Additional procedural training may be required.

Staff members providing care to animals, performing sanitation activities with animal cages or enclosures, or providing service support to animal areas must meet other specific requirements before duties involving animal areas are initiated.

References and links are provided below to the resources to complete the checklist items.

Checklist ACUP Personnel:

  • IACUC Animal Welfare Training
  • OHS Animal Exposure Program enrollment
  • IACUC ACUP or Amendment approval
  • EH&S Animal Handler Safety Training
  • Documentation of PI provided training

Checklist for Husbandry/Animal Care/Cage-wash/Stall/Barn Staff:

  • OHS Animal Exposure Program enrollment
  • EH&S Animal Handler Safety Training
  • Documentation of Facility Manager/PI provided training

Checklist for Laboratory Personnel only Exposed to Non-sanitized Tissue, Fluid, or Waste and not working with Live Animals:

  • OHS Animal Exposure Program enrollment
  • EH&S Animal Handler Safety Training
  • Documentation of Facility Manager/PI provided training

Checklist for Facility Support Staff in Animal Areas:

  • OHS Animal Exposure Program enrollment
  • EH&S Animal Handler Safety Training

References:

 

Institutional Policy:

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC):

Policy on Educational Requirements
Animal Handler Occupational Health and Safety Program
Policy on Record Keeping for Principal Investigator-Provided Animal Use Training
Training Resources

Occupational Health Services (OHS):

Animal Exposure Policy and Procedures
Animal Exposure Forms

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S):

Animal Handler Safety Training 
This course is REQUIRED for persons who will work with animals or have significant contact with animals. Hazard awareness topics covered include zoonotic diseases, animal allergies, research hazards, physical injuries, and sharps hazards.  Other topics are methods to minimize personal risks of injury or disease when working with animals and medical monitoring.  The class is offered via an on-line video.  Individuals should complete the Animal Handler Training Acknowledgement Form after they have viewed the video.  Contact Environmental Health and Safety (541-737-2273) with questions.

 

Federal Regulations:

Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations (7 CFR Chp 54, 9 CFR Chp 1)
Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
US Government Principles for the Utilization of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, or Training

Professional Standards:

“The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (1-2011, 8th edition)
“The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research or Teaching” (1-2010, 3rd edition)

 

Accepted by the IACUC: 1-11-12

Contact Info

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

iacuc@oregonstate.edu
541-737-2762
Fax 541-737-9041

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