Section 2: Program Requirements

You must participate in the OHSP if you are faculty, staff, or student and you come into contact with animals. Both research and non-research animals have the potential to cause injury, transmit zoonotic disease, and/or cause allergic reaction to those who have contact. This can be either direct contact from handling an animal or just from being in close proximity, i.e., working or passing through an animal housing room. Staff members or qualified students who have these types of exposures must be provided with the appropriate awareness training. Understanding routes of disease transmission, disease or allergy signs and symptoms, personal protective equipment, waste handling, and emergency contacts are very important. The required training and medical review is intended to inform you of the risks associated with your particular animal exposure and how you can best prevent illness or injury.

Prior to work with research animals and admittance to the animal facilities, you need to:

  1. Complete the web-based training Health and Safety for Personnel with laboratory Animal Contact and contact Environmental Health and Safety to complete the medical review process.
  2. Complete Form A, the Risk Assessment Work Evaluation questionnaire and Form B, the Medical History questionnaire.
  3. Submit a signed copy of Form A to Environmental Health and Safety
  4. Take or send completed forms A and B to Concentra Medical Center
  5. After approval is received from the Concentra Medical Center, complete the orientation process with the animal laboratory manager.

After beginning work with research animals, you are required to:

  1. Complete annually the update questionnaire Form D (and/or Form E as required) provided by Environmental Health and Safety.
  2. If you are an animal caretaker, Schedule annually a medical questionnaire review appointment with Concentra Medical Center.
  3. Contact Concentra Medical Center at any time for a medical review and consultation if you
    • become injured,
    • feel you are developing an allergy,
    • are planning a pregnancy, or
    • you develop health concerns related to your research animal exposure.

Medical review includes:

  • Review of applicable medical history
  • Physical examination, if indicated, to include condition of skin (rashes or psoriasis)
  • Discussion of risk factors associated with animal contact, including potential zoonotic agents, wound care, and potential hazards of field studies.
  • Discussion of the health risk associated with compromised immune system (i.e., cancer, chemotherapy, radiation, steroid use, immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplant)
  • Updating of tetanus-diphtheria immunization, as needed.

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