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.
- UConn Health Occupational Health Surveillance Policy
- Safety concerns when working in animal areas (PDF)
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.
- How to Enroll in the Occupational Health Program: What you need to do to enroll in this mandatory program.
- Requirements and Guidelines: Occupational Health Program requirements, guidelines, and general information.
- Risk Assessment Analysis: Learn more about your risks when working with animals.
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- The National Research Council publishes animal care guidelines and standards in The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
- The National Research Council publishes occupational health and safety guidelines in Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals.
- The National Research Council publishes guidelines in Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Primates.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also publishes guidelines for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.
- The National Research Council publishes guidelines in Emerging Animal Diseases.
- The National Institutes of Health publishes the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.