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 hazardous materials, requiring special control systems or personal protective equipment. The following documents provide guidance on properly managing the potential risk.
- Solid Biohazardous Waste Flow Chart
- Liquid Biohazardous Waste Flow Chart
- Biohazardous (Medical) Waste Disposal
- Disposal of Biohazardous Sharp Glassware (Pasteur Pipettes)
- Anesthetic Gas Use (Research)
- Cryogenic Liquids Use
- Hydrofluoric Acid Safe Handling Procedures
- Infectious Biological Agents and Recombinant DNA
- Proper Segregation and Disposal of Low-level Radioactive Wastes (LLRW)
- Radiation Safety Protocols
- Radionuclide Users Annual Refresher Training Guide
- Radionuclide Safety Data Sheets
- Training for the Safe Transportation of Biologics (DOT/IATA Dangerous Goods)
- Chemical Waste and U
- Environment, Health, Safety and Waste Minimization Programs
- Liquid Scintillation Fluid (Cocktails)
- Waste Disposal Supplies
- Waste Packaging Instructions for (pick-up)
Use of Select Agents in research operations is infrequent at the University of Michigan. However, procedures have been developed jointly by OSEH, Department of Public Safety, the Medical School, and Office of Vice President for Research to assure proper procedures are followed for both biosafety and security: CDC Select Agents and Patriot Act Guidelines are 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 M-Works. All personnel working with human source material are advised they must attend required Bloodborne Pathogens training offered by OSEH before the animal protocol is approved. In addition, each laboratory using human source material is required to complete an Exposure Control Plan and have it available for reference purposes.