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Institutional responsibilities in contamination control in research animals and occupational health and safety for animal handlers. Inst Lab Anim Resources J

By Benjamin Fontes


The mechanisms for controlling microbial contamination in research animals are similar to those for preventing expo-sure among animal handlers to naturally occurring patho-gens, research-related biohazards, or animal allergens. Research and resource preservation are the primary goals of each approach, and an appropriate assessment of risk is their foundation. The identification of potential risks enables the implementation of relevant risk management or control measures. This article summarizes the components of an occupational health and safety program for animal handlers, including screening, training, work practices, effective use of engineering controls, selection and use of personal pro-tective equipment, and emergency response protocols. The features of a risk assessment and risk management progra

Year: 2016
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