Research activities may involve the administration of hazardous substances to laboratory animals. If not contained properly, these activities can negatively impact the health of research and animal care personnel as well as other animals dose. This document outlines procedures to be utilized by personnel working with animals exposed to hazardous substances in ABSL-2 containment rooms (not including radioactive materials, see Related Documents section). Some procedures described in this SOP may not be applicable for non-rodent species, contact ULAM husbandry supervisors for further information. Extra precautions must be taken at the time of substance administration due to the increased potential for human exposure. Individuals who may be at an increased risk or susceptibility to a hazardous substance must be identified through Environment Health & Safety's (EHS) medical surveillance process (e.g., pregnant women, immune compromised individuals). This SOP has been reviewed and approved by EHS with full consideration of all regulations. If further information is needed that is not found in this SOP, contact EHS. Any deviations from this SOP will need to be approved by EHS.
To describe the procedures for classifying animals that are single housed and labeling cages appropriately. All single housed animals on campus must be identified with the reason they are housed singly.
This policy outlines the expectations for counting animals produced. An accurate animal count is required to fulfill federal obligations for reporting animal use and to ensure compliance with Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols.
(NOTE: This document was previously titled "Policy on Counting Animals Bred")
To establish procedures for investigative personnel to feed, water, and/or changes cages for the rodents used in their research projects and decline these services from the Unit for Laboratory Medicine (ULAM).