Animal usage is a key compenent of many research programs on campus. Work with animals may cause personnel to be exposed to hazards that could adversely affect their health and well-being. This page contains information and resources to provide personnel with knowledge about working with animals.
Publications and Forms
- Animal Hazard Assessment Form (PDF)—Identify the hazards involved with your animal work.
- Allergies (PDF)—Allergic reactions to animals and their dander is a common animal hazard.
- Carcinogens, Reproductive Toxins and Tetratogens (PDF)—Special OSHA requirements when using these materials.
- Proper Chemical Labeling (PDF)—Containers must be labeled to identify chemical contents.
- Research with Wild Rodents (PDF)—Fieldwork with wild rodents has additional hazards to consider.
- Sharps and Biohazardous Waste Procedure (PDF)—Describe proper sharps/biohazardous waste management procedures.
- Electrical Safety—Be aware of electrical hazards in your work area.
- Ergonomic Hazards—Repetitive motion and lifting heavy load are examples of things that could cause injuries.
- Immunocompromised or Pregnant—If you are immunocompromised or pregnant consult your physician
- Noise—Intense noise from animals (pigs, dogs) and equipment (cage washers) can lead to hearing loss.
- Personal Hygiene—Personal hygiene is important to protect yourself from zoonotic diseases while working with animals.
- SDS (Safety Data Sheet)—Information about chemical hazards.
- Sharps Safety—Improper use and disposal of sharps can cause injury.
- Waste - Biohazardous
- Zoonotic—Transmissible diseases: