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Animal Users Health and Safety Program

All personnel and students working with animals in research and teaching environments are required to participate in the URI Animal Users Health and Safety Program (AUHSP) prior to working with animals.

The AUHSP consists of the following elements:

  • Training -- All personnel and students working with animals in research and teaching environments are required to review Allergy Prevention information and Species-Specific training (as applicable).  Additional Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) training courses may be required based on your position and duties. Training materials are included below.
  • Occupational Health and Wellness Survey -- Personnel and students that have contact with animals (with the exemption of fish, amphibians, reptiles and those with limited animal contact) are required to complete the survey annually.  The intent of the survey is to provide personnel and students with professional medical advice should they have any concerns about allergies or exposures to animals. Although it is not preferred, there is an option not to disclose medical information. The completed surveys will be reviewed by URI's Occupational Health provider.  Information will be kept confidential
  • Medical Surveillance and Immunizations -- Based on the responses to the Occupational Health and Wellness Survey, URI Health Services or URI's Occupation Health provider may recommend risk specific preventive measures (e.g., respirators), immunizations, additional tests, and/or health monitoring personnel. The program recommends all personnel and students with access to animal facilities receive a tetanus vaccination and rabies vaccination series and titer check every two years for personnel working with wild caught mammals. 

Training Materials

Review of the information is documented through a Training Acknowledgement. For those required to complete this training, please complete acknowledgement and provide to your Principal Investigator or Instructor.

 

For questions, contact ORI at researchintegrity@ds.uri.edu