Other Compliance Offices:


The educational component of the occupational health program for animal handlers offers several opportunities for training, including instruction in zoonoses and preventative personal hygiene. A slide presentation covering the most common laboratory animal zoonoses can be viewed on the OUHSC IACUC web page at http://www.ouhsc.edu/iacuc/documents/Powerpoints.asp. A graduate-level course offered in the fall semester (PATH 6043) is recommended for students who anticipate using animals in research, and may be audited by any interested university staff. The class introduces students to the various types of diseases transmissible to humans and identifies those biohazards which may be encountered in the laboratory setting. Investigators and their research technicians are encouraged to attend these specific lectures to receive instruction in dealing safely with biohazards and methods of disease prevention. Comparative Medicine also relies upon the comprehensive instruction provided by the occupational health and safety program developed and administered by the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO). Personnel who use animals in research or have the potential for animal exposure are required to complete an online course in laboratory safety and blood borne pathogens, including a module devoted to animal safety. The training program is administered and tracked by the EHSO and enforced at the local level by designated coordinators in each department. Comparative Medicine’s annual performance evaluations include a weighted assessment for employee compliance with mandatory safety training. Self study packets are available from the EHSO, as are a variety of videos that may be checked out for personal or group viewing. Additional training offered online includes instruction in the safe removal of contaminated gloves, latex allergies, and two NIH/OLAW video clips demonstrating techniques for working safely with nonhuman primates and the laboratory dog. These discs are also available for check-out through Comparative Medicine and the IACUC administrative office. Comparative Medicine personnel receive customized training assistance from the EHSO and Employee Health Services as needed. Health and safety officers provide demonstrations and hands-on instruction in specific areas known to present health hazards in an animal facility, such as those arising from steam, chemicals, biomedical wastes, repetitive motion, and heavy equipment-handling.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Biomedical Sciences Building - Room 101
(405) 271-7381

On Campus Mailing Address:
IACUC Office - BMSB 101

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