Research Safety

Animal Safety

Physical Hazards

All faculty, staff, and students who have direct contact with animals; direct contact with non-sanitized animal caging or enclosures; direct contact with non-fixed or non-sterilized animal tissues, fluids, or wastes; and/or who provide service support to animal equipment, devices, or facilities must be aware of the potential hazards around them. The species of animals and associated hazards that will be encountered in the workplace determine what type of health assessment and safety training each employee will receive. Operational and day-to-day responsibility for health in the workplace, however, resides with the laboratory or facility supervisor (e.g., principal investigator, facility director, or veterinarian) and depends on the performance of safe work practices by all employees. The fact sheet Informational Resources for Animal Handlers provides general information on potential hazards associated with handling research animals. Anyone who receives a bite or scratch when working with research animals must follow the protocols below: