Animal Handler Occupational Health & Safety Program

This Program is issued jointly by the University of Michigan Office of Research and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) to provide guidance and consistency in the management of the health and safety program for animal handlers.

This Program applies to all faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates who have direct contact with animals; direct contact with non-sanitized animal caging or enclosures; direct contact with non-fixed or non-sterilized animal tissues, fluids, or wastes; who provide service support to animal equipment, devices, or facilities; or provide compliance review services. The species of animals and associated hazards that will be encountered in the workplace determine what type of health assessment and safety training each employee will receive. This program covers information from hazard identification to risk assessment to control of operations to the occupational medicine program for monitoring personnel.