Research Safety

Animal Safety


All personnel working with research animals are required to attend courses regarding the humane care and use of animals. The mandatory training consists of an orientation session that describes the regulations and policies governing the proper use of animals in research. Additional mandatory sessions are determined during protocol review. These sessions include species and technique specific topics in workshop, web based, and lecture modules that are relevant to the protocol. Individuals can register for the classes on-line through the ULAM Training Core.

Comprehensive Lab Safety Training is required for all newly hired laboratory personnel and it covers various standards applied at the University including Bloodborne Pathogens, Laboratory Safety, Hazard Communication, and proper use of personal protective equipment. Annual refresher Bloodborne Pathogen training is required for those labs using human derived materials.

Working Safely with Viral Vectors is intended for new or entry level laboratory personnel who plan to use recombinant DNA viral vectors in vitro or in vivo, and who cannot demonstrate significant previous experience and expertise in the necessary aspects of biosafety and regulatory compliance.

Additional health and safety training opportunities are available through the OSEH training program and the ULAM Training Core and it is highly recommended laboratory staff take advantage of these classes as additional needs arise, or as directed by UCUCA, OSEH, ULAM, IBC or RPC.

In order to work with radioactive materials on the University of Michigan campus, individuals must attend a separate Radiation Safety Orientation Course to address the requirements for training mandated by State & Federal regulation. OSEH has implemented training for all individuals working in or frequenting radioactive material laboratories or facilities. The course must be completed within 60 days of starting work with radioactive materials or supervising individuals who will work with radioactive materials. Yearly training updates are required and can be given by the OSEH laboratory radiation safety contact. Records of follow up training sessions are reported back to OSEH. In addition, special training is offered by OSEH to all users of radioisotopes with research animals.