students) who are involved with animal use. If the EHS/RM Director deems that a particular protocol poses a health risk, the personnel involved with that protocol are required to fill out UAA’s Health Assessment Survey (a copy of the document can be located at ). The survey inquires about the number, species, and amount of exposure to animals, as well as exposure to biohazard, chemical, and radioactive agents. The survey is then evaluated by UAA’s ESH/RM Department according to the risk categories outlined in the UAA OSHA Safety Risk Categories Based on Animal Contact and Exposure document (a copy of the document can be located at ). Using the criteria outlined in the document, a person will be assigned a categorical risk (Levels 1-3). If a Level 2 or 3 risk category is assigned, they will be required to fill out a Medical Questionnaire (a copy of the document can be located at ). The Questionnaire inquires about the person’s allergy history, medical history (including immunosuppression), past immunizations, pregnancy status, and past biohazard agent exposure. The Questionnaire is then forwarded to UAA’s contract health care provider for evaluation and will be used to provide advice and recommendations to the person to ensure that the work environment is safe. The Questionnaire is kept confidential and is reviewed only by the health care provider. The EHS/RM Department may also require the person to complete training that is administered through UAA’s other compliance committees, including the Chemical, Biosafety, and Radiation Committees. It should be noted that official approval of an animal use protocol will not be granted until evidence of this training is forwarded to the IACUC.
All personnel who work with animals must complete an online training module that covers occupational health and safety issues, and successfully pass the quizzes associated with the occupational health and safety modules. The module is called “Working with the IACUC” and it is provided online () by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Three sections of this training module associated with occupational health and safety are Personnel Training and Experience, Occupational Health and Safety, and Using Hazardous and Toxic Agents in Animals. These sections cover methods for hazard and risk assessment, and appropriate responses and training.
All personnel working with animals must review the approved animal handling procedures for the species with which they are working, and comply with all University policies. The PI(s) will be required to take the appropriate training modules that are available on the IACUC training website. The IACUC, EHS/RM Department, and the PI will ensure that new personnel are trained prior to any animal handling, will determine whether the personnel need be involved in a preventative medical program (as assessed through a series of health