Animal Handler Occupational Health Program

Federal regulations require that institutions where vertebrate animals are used in research projects develop an Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) for personnel working with research animals. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (National Academy of Sciences, 1996) further defines the requirements for the establishment of an Occupational Health and Safety Program as part of the animal care and use program at research institutions. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst this program follows the recommendations set by the National Committee on Occupational Health and Safety in Research Animal Facilities and summarized in their publication Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals (NAS, 1997).

 

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