Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder


Occupational Health & Safety for Animal Care & Use Program

The OHS Program at CU Boulder was established in December 2012 upon the recommendation of the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the UCB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  All research institutions that receive federal funding are required to establish and maintain a program that protects the health and safety of employees who care for and use research animals.

The program is a collaborative effort between the EH&S Biosafety Unit, Wardenburg Health Center, the Office of Animal Resources, and the IACUC.  The goal of the OHS Program is to keep personnel safe by providing information and training on the hazards associated with vertebrate animal care and use.  Potential hazards are identified through annual laboratory and animal housing facility risk-assessment and individual health evaluations.  OHS personnel are involved in all aspects of risk mitigation from design and operation of facilities, selection of appropriate safety equipment and personal protective equipment, development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and training.

Services provided by the OH&S include:

  • Allergy prevention
    • Pulmonary function testing (as needed)
    • N95 or half-face elastomeric respirator fit-testing
    • Rodent immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing for allergies
  • Risk-assessment and communication
  • Training
  • Noise Testing
  • Work place safety assessments
  • Chemical hazard assessments
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) selection guidance
  • Work-related immunizations and/or appropriate antibody titers
  • Travel visits and travel immunizations for field researchers

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