Animal Research Safety

  • Research Safety & Services
  • Occupational Safety & Risk Management
  • Facility Support Services
  • 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.

    WHAT TO EXPECT FROM EH&S DURING THE IACUC PROTOCOL REVIEW PROCESS

    During the IACUC protocol review process, EH&S will review the IACUC protocol for the following components:

    • Current and accurate DBPR and DEA permits (New PIs must start this process, but may require an approved IACUC protocol to complete the process)
    • *Source of transgenic animals- * Tg rodents (Rattus/Mus only) created at UF and all non-rodent (Rattus/Mus only) Tg animals require registration through a Biohazard Project Registration
    • Housing and procedure locations are appropriate for specified hazards (SOPs for transport and imaging if necessary – EH&S can provide templates) – Chemical Hygiene Plan and Inventory
    • Caging options are appropriate for specified hazards
    • Hazardous/ toxic chemicals, novel compounds of unknown toxicity, and nanoparticles
    • *Biohazard Project Registrationsfor all agents that require registration.
    • *Radiation Control Committee Projects/ approval for all radioisotope and irradiator use
    • *Handling of contaminated animals and waste disposal procedures outlined through SOPs or text(EH&S can provide templates) Chemical Hygiene Plan and Inventory
      • *Will HOLD final review of your IACUC protocol if these are not complete/approved.

    Resources

    Contact ARS@EHS.UFL.EDU with questions