Employees who care for and use animals in research face several occupational health and safety risks, including the possibility of allergic reactions, animal related injuries such as bites or kicks, zoonoses (diseases that spread from animals to humans), and exposure to hazardous materials. The University of Michigan is committed to compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and standards concerning occupational exposure to research activities. Requirements for an occupational health and safety program for personnel working with laboratory animals are outlined in various federal publications. A description of this occupational health program must be included in the Assurance of Compliance that is required by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Triennial inspections are conducted by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International to assure compliance with applicable occupational health and safety standards.
This website is designed to guide you through the Animal Handler Occupational Health and Safety program established at the University of Michigan. The Animal Handler Occupational Health & Safety Guideline provides detailed levels of responsibility and procedures to guide you through the process. Please direct any questions to your OSEH Representative, call our main OSEH line at 647-1143, or send an e-mail to OSEH.