Purdue University is in the process of working towards receiving accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). This accreditation is valuable for the University's animal research programs. Because you have been identified as having animal contact or exposure to animals, your role is very important.
Both research and non-research animals have the potential to cause injury, transmit zoonotic disease, and/or cause allergic reaction 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. Staff members or qualified students 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 contacts 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.
Please review the Participation/Declination Form. As a person exposed to animals you are required to make a decision to either participate in this program or decline (see # 4). If you want to participate in the Animal Exposure Occupational Health Program, check "I accept" and if you do not want to participate check "I decline" (note: you can always change your decision at any time). Return the completed Participation/Declination form to Stephanie Steel, Science Building G50, immediately.
Contact IPFW REM with any questions.