Campus

GENERAL INFORMATION

FOR RESEARCHERS

FOR IACUC MEMBERS

Occupational Health & Safety and the Animal Care and Use Program

 

Introduction

Working with laboratory animals can present a risk to the health and well-being of research personnel, as well as other individuals that may have animal contact or exposure. Examples of health hazards may include (i) zoonotic diseases (they are infectious agents shared by humans and animals); (ii) laboratory animal allergies, (iii) animal bites and scratches and (iv) manipulation of hazardous materials in animals. The purpose of the Marquette University Occupational Health and Safety Program is to identify, evaluate, manage and reduce potential health risks associated with the care and use of laboratory animals.

The Laboratory Animal Handler’s Medical Monitoring Program has an important role in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program.  The program operated by Marquette University’s Animal Resource Center, is designed to protect both the institution’s personnel and the laboratory animals. This is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Program for personnel with laboratory animal contact (it is not necessarily restricted to those individuals who work in the research laboratory setting).  The requirements of this program are based on guidelines in the National Research Council’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory AnimalsPDF Graphic and Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals.

Enrollment in the Program/Who must participate?

All personnel with contact or exposure to laboratory animals must enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program by enrolling in the Animal Resource Center's animal care and use training program and completing the Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment questionnaire. When the risk assessment is completed it can then be submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety coordinator for review. Based on this review, recommendations to prevent illness and/or referrals for additional medical care are provided, as well as referrals to medical care in the event of a research-related illness or injury.

All individuals working with animals or listed on IACUC protocols must enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Program. This includes:

For more information on the Marquette University Occupational Health and Safety Program please see the brochure below.

Forms and Information


SITE MENU

Schroeder Complex

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Research Compliance, in cooperation with and in support of the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and Institutional Biosafety Committee, is to facilitate safe and ethical research conducted by Marquette faculty, staff and students in the areas of human subjects, animal subjects, radiation safety and biosafety.