questions), and will provide all necessary personal protective equipment (gloves, lab coats, goggles, face shields, boots, or other equipment deemed necessary). All personnel will be trained in the proper usage of the provided PPE. PPE is laundered by a professional laundry service and is carried out by UAA. The IACUC will not approve the addition of any personnel to protocol forms unless the training and health assessment is complete.
In the case of an animal caused or related injury (bite, scratch, infection, allergic reaction, needle wound, etc.), the injured person shall wash the wound, notify their supervisor, and report to health services (unless in a field situation). Supervisors are required to report injuries to personnel in the annual protocol review. The EHS/RM Department will also assess how the injury occurred and make recommendations to the PI on how it can be prevented in the future.
Researchers working with animals in the field must comply with University guidelines for safe conduct in the field (manual available at ) and complete the field research module of the IACUC training program that is also available online. They must also complete all required training programs relevant to their field (gun safety, boat safety etc.) This training is in addition to that provided to all personnel who work with animals.
All personnel working with chemicals must comply with the Institution’s laboratory and chemical safety program ().
Currently, the only vertebrates housed at UAA are rats, dwarf hamsters, fish, and frogs (Xenopus laevis). There are currently no animals held at any other site listed in Part 1. Personnel working with these animals are advised to exercise appropriate personal hygiene while handling and caring for these animals. Safe handling procedures are documented, and made available to all those who work with these species. Should the University obtain other species of animals falling under this assurance, appropriate health maintenance programs for personnel will be developed in accordance with numbers and species of the animals housed. The total gross number of square feet in each animal facility (including each satellite facility), the species of animals housed therein and the average daily inventory of animals, by species, in each facility is provided in the attached table.
The training or instruction available to scientists, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, or use occurs using web-based training program, and through in-person instruction.