Animal Research Health & Safety

EH&S continuously works with the IACUC, IBC, and Animal Care Services to ensure the safety of staff working in animal research. During the IACUC review process, it is EH&S’ responsibility to identify any potential risks to staff safety. EH&S concerns are documented within the investigator’s IACUC protocol.

EH&S Tips for Conducting Animal Research

  • You will need to have a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) in place.
    • The template provided is an outline of the information needed to address safety concerns; it can be modified to fit the scope of work for each investigator.
  • In addition to a CHP, you will also need to incorporate an Animal Care Services Chemical Hazard SOP into your Standard Operating Procedures for working with the hazardous chemicals in animals.
  • For questions please contact Stephenie Langston at (352)392-1591.
  • All rDNA projects need to be registered with the Biosafety Office.
  • Projects are reviewed and approved at the monthly Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meeting.
  • Amendments to rDNA are generally approved “in house.” If the amendment introduces an additional hazard level, the IBC will need to approve the amendment.
  • For questions please contact Sharon Judge at (352)392-1591.
  • The IACUC protocol (Section 22.2.5) must outline precautions for staff to minimize exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • For questions please contact Bhavna Bhardwaj at (352)392-1591.
  • Investigators must list (in sections 2.1.2, 16.5, 23.3, and/or 24.1) the engineering controls in place to minimize staff exposure to inhalant anesthetics (i.e. chemical fume hood, gas scavenging canisters, etc.).
  • A FL DBPR (State of Florida Exemption letter) is required for medical grade gases. More information can be found here.
  • For questions please contact Stephenie Langston at (352)392-1591.
  • Complete the Initial Risk Assessment form prior to initial work.
  • Complete the Renewal Risk Assessment form at least every three years.
  • List all the animal exposure routes on the form.
  • If the already approved animals are not indicated on the renewal form, it will be seen as a deletion of these species.
  • For questions please contact Julie Ramsey at (352)392-1591.
  • A Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) SOP will need to be generated outlining the nanoparticles dosing of animals and any special cage handling procedures.
  • This information must be recorded in sections 21.1.2 and 21.4.2 of your IACUC protocol.
  • For questions please contact Stephenie Langston at (352)392-1591.