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Hazards

Instructions for Researchers Administering Hazardous Agents to Laboratory Animals 

BIOHAZARDS  (ABSL-1, ABSL-2) 

The CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Guidelines (BMBL) requires animal room doors be posted with experimental biohazardous agent information only when the hazard is actively present in animals in the room and that animals not associated with the biohazardous work not be permitted in the same room where infected animals are housed.

Please submit the notification form at the link below for each timeframe you will continuously house animals dosed with ABSL-1 or ABSL-2 agents.   IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME administering ABSL 1 or 2 agents to animals, you must indicate so on the form at the link below to schedule a meeting with Animal Resource staff for an orientation. 

The Animal Resource staff post the animal room door after receiving the notification form at the link below.  The notification form serves as an animal room move form. 

  biohazard Notification of Intended Use of ABSL 1 or 2 Agents in the Vivarium 

Researchers place a fully completed orange biohazard cage card on each cage housing animals dosed with ABSL-1 or 2 agents.  

Researchers are responsible for complying with the UCAR Protocol-specific safety requirements sent by EHS to the PI for each ABSL-1 or ABSL-2 agent administered to animals. 

Please contact Dr. Sonia Rosenberger (x5-3014) or srosen22@safety.rochester.edu with any questions about the IBC review of your use of ABSL-1 or ABSL-2 agents. 

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

Chemical hazards reviewed and approved by EHS for administration in your UCAR protocol may be used in any animal housing room. 

BEFORE YOUR FIRST TIME administering chemical hazards to animals, you must schedule an orientation by submitting the orientation form at the link below. 

Notification to have animals dosed with chemical hazards in the Vivarium

Vivarium Orientation required before first administration of chemical hazards to laboratory animals in the vivarium.

Researchers identify cages containing animals dosed with chemical hazards (chemotherapeutic, antineoplastic, cancer hazard, mutagen, ....) by placing a gray colored chemical hazard card behind the primary vivarium cage card for the duration the hazard is present in the cage. 

Please contact Carolyn Place  (x 5-3241) or cpokora@safety.rochester.edu with any question about EHS review of your administration of chemical hazards to research animals. 

RADIOACTIVE HAZARDS

Radioactive hazards reviewed and approved by EHS for administration in your UCAR protocol may only be used in animals after meeting with the Vivarium Director of Operations (Lonnie Thomas MBA, CMAR) and Diane Moorman-White DVM, CPIA). Since radiation hazards are so rarely used in animals housed in the vivarium, advanced planning for special room preparation is required.   

After submission of the form at the link below, the vivarium will office will contact you to set up a meeting.  You may also contact the vivarium leadership at X5-2651 for more information about arranging a room for housing radioactive hazard dosed animals in the vivarium.

radioactive Application to house radioactive hazard dosed animals in the Vivarium 

Please contact David Conover MS, University Radiation Safety Officer (x 5-3241) or david_conover@urmc.rochester.edu about the EHS review of your administration of radioactive hazards to research animals.