Research Safety

Animal Safety

Hazardous Material Use

Work performed in research involving animal studies, or in the care of research animals, involves many potential hazards. Among these is the use of biological, chemical, or radiological materials, requiring special control systems or personal protective equipment. The following documents provide guidance on properly managing the potential risk.

Use of Select Agents in research operations is infrequent at the University of Michigan. However, procedures have been developed jointly by OSEH, Division of Public Safety and Security, the Medical School, and U-M Office of Research to assure proper procedures are followed for both biosafety and security: CDC Select Agents Guideline is available on the OSEH web site.

If you work with human source materials you must treat all human blood, blood products, body fluids or tissues as if they are potentially infectious and handle them accordingly. All animal research using human source material is conducted using Universal Precautions. Hepatitis B vaccination is available at the user department’s expense to all at-risk personnel through Occupational Health Services. All personnel working with human source material are advised they must attend required Bloodborne Pathogens training offered by OSEH. In addition, each laboratory using human source material is required to complete an Exposure Control Plan and have it available for reference purposes.