Carcass Disposal Procedures for Investigative Personnel

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Sep 15, 2017 12:00 am

To establish acceptable methods of carcass disposal for investigative personnel.

  • Responsibility

    1. Investigative Personnel

  • Procedures

    1. General Procedures

    1. Place small animal carcasses in an opaque plastic bag or glove of appropriate size.
    2. Seal bag or glove tightly
      1. Large animal carcasses must be placed in a plastic bag and then sealed close within a fiber drum.
        1. Fiber Drums, pre-labeled with a biohazard sticker, containing animal carcasses ranging in size from dog or larger, must be sealed close with tape.
    3. Investigative personnel should label bag, glove, or fiber drum with the following information:
      1. Date
      2. Principal Investigator (PI)
    4. Place bag, glove, or fiber drum in designated walk-in cooler or refrigerator.
      1. Contact ULAM Husbandry Supervisor for appropriate disposal locations.
    5. See Animals Administered a Hazardous Substance Requiring Containment SOP for additional information and procedures for hazardous animal carcass disposal.

    2. Carcass Disposal by Species

       Species       Sealed, Opaque   
       Bag or Glove   
       Sealed, Plastic Bag   
       in Fiber Drum   
       Mice / Rats    X  
       Chicks / Chickens / Eggs    X  
       Fish    X  
       Cotton Rats    X  
       Gerbils    X  
       Hamsters    X  
       Guinea Pigs    X  
       Amphibians / Reptiles    X  
       Voles    X  
       Chinchillas    X  
       Ferrets    X  
       Rabbits    X  
       Cat    X  
       Dog      a b
       Pig      a b
       Sheep      a b
       Calf      a b
       Non-Human Primates      a b

    a  Ensure fiber drum is labeled with biohazard sticker
    b  Fiber drum must be sealed with tape