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Participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for Individuals with Animal Exposure deemed mandatory

Jan. 10, 2013

The following notice comes from Jorge José, D.Sc., vice president for research at IU, and D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU:

IU is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all staff members. For this reason, participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for Individuals with Animal Exposure is mandatory for all animal facility personnel and IU School of Medicine employees who have direct contact with animals. In addition, any employees may voluntarily enroll in the program if they are concerned with occupational exposure to laboratory animals.

All animal facility personnel and IU School of Medicine employees who have direct contact with animals must complete the Occupational Health Program requirements by Thursday, Jan. 10. Those who do not complete the program by Jan. 10 will be prohibited from accessing the Large Animal Research Center facilities until they have completed the program requirements. 

To enroll in the program, visit the IUPUI Environmental Health and Safety website and select “Log in” to begin. Requirements of the program include the completion of an Animal Care and Use Risk Assessment and a Medical Questionnaire. Other training requirements may be needed as determined by the job hazard analysis/risk assessment. 

Questions about the program or process should be directed to the IU Office of Environmental Health and Safety Management at occsafe@iupui.edu or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office at somiacuc@iupui.edu or 317-278-1789.

For more information, visit the IU Office of Research Administration website.

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