Protective Equipment for Working with Animals

Anyone working in a laboratory is responsible for their own safety, as well as those working around them.  Ultimately the lab director (faculty/lab manager/supervisor) is responsible for the safety of anyone entering their laboratory – faculty, staff, student, or visitor.  Personal safety begins with refraining from the following activities in laboratories, animal rooms, procedure rooms, or cold rooms.

  • Eating, drinking or smoking
  • Storing food and beverages
  • Preparing food
  • Applying cosmetics

Personal protection also extends to:

  • Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as appropriate clothing under the PPE – i.e. no open toed shoes and the legs and arms should be covered to prevent contamination potential.
  • Using, when applicable, good engineering controls such as:
    • Restraint devices
    • Local exhaust ventilation systems
  • Maintaining emergency response equipment and understanding how to use it

Personal Protective Equipment

Personnel can use the following equipment for protection from occupational safety and health risks:

  • PPE
  • Respiratory protection
  • Hearing protection

The following personnel are responsible for providing training on the use of PPE to persons under their supervision:

  • ULAM Supervisors for the animal housing
  • Lab Director in the research areas

EHS is available to assist in the proper selection of PPE for the hazard being managed.

PPE When Working with Animals

Respiratory Protection

Hearing Protection

Restraint Devices

Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems

Emergency Eyewash and Showers

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