Radiological and Environmental Management

Introduction

Purdue University's animal care and use program and its animal facilities are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). AAALAC-I is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

Both research and non-research animals have the potential to cause injury, transmit zoonotic disease, and/or cause allergic reactions to those who have contact. This can be either direct contact from handling an animal or just from being in close proximity, i.e., working or passing through an animal housing room. The program applies to personnel (staff members or qualified students) who in the conduct of their work in research, testing and teaching have direct contact with vertebrate animals including their tissues, body fluids, wastes and/or indirect animal aerosol exposure. Personnel who have these types of exposures need to be provided with the appropriate awareness training. Understanding routes of disease transmission, disease or allergy signs and symptoms, personal protective equipment, waste handling, and emergency contact information is very important.

In many cases a preventative annual physical examination is necessary for animal handling personnel. To accomplish this Purdue University has the Animal Exposure Occupational Health Program. Radiological & Environmental Management (REM) will be administrating this program. The first step is to re-enroll individuals into this program. Purdue University staff and students listed on the Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee (PACUC) protocols will have an opportunity to complete an Animal Exposure Risk Assessment and if circumstances warrant, a physical examination by an occupational health provider. Because this program is not mandatory, individuals have the option of declining this service. Completion and submission of the Animal Exposure Risk Assessment is required before an employee can opt out of the program. Please contact IPFW REM to begin the process if you are on a PACUC protocol.


Contact IPFW REM with any questions.

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