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Animal Care & Use Indianapolis School of Medicine

Occupational Health at IU School of Medicine

This program, operated by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), with support from the IUPUI School of Medicine Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Vice President for Research, the Laboratory Animal Resource Facility (LARC), and IUPUI Health Services, is designed to protect university staff, students, the public, and laboratory animals as well as fulfill PHS policy requirements.

Oversight and Management

The oversight and management of this program is done through the coordination of the IACUC and EHS, and a occupational health oversight committee. This group reviews this program based on the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Program and guidelines in the National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals.

Who needs to complete the program?

This program applies to all IUPUI School of Medicine employees with direct contact with animals and all animal facility personnel.

Participants include:

  • Principal Investigators on IACUC protocols
  • Research Staff listed on IACUC protocols
  • Animal Care Staff
  • Veterinarians
  • Student Employees using and caring for animals
  • Other IUPUI Staff needing access into animal facilities

Employees concerned with occupational exposure to laboratory animal who are not required to enroll in the program can voluntarily enroll in the program.

What do I have to do?

  • All animal facility personnel and IUSM employees that have direct contact with animals should complete the Occupational Health Program requirements by January 10, 2013. If completion of the program is not accomplished by the January 10th deadline, access to the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) will be suspended until the requirements are met.
  • Complete the on-line Animal Care and Use Risk Assessment;
  • Complete the on-line Medical Questionnaire;
  • Complete all required training as determined by the job hazard analysis/risk assessment.
    • Visit the CITI program log-in page. Within the School of Medicine – Lab Animal Research course, make sure and select “Laboratory Animal Allergens” to take the training to add this module to the courses you need to take.

Please go to the External link EH&S Occupational Health & Safety For Individuals with Animal Exposure page to log-in and complete the risk assessment and medical questionnaire.

When did this take effect?

Starting 1 November 2012, in order to be permitted to use vertebrate animals in teaching and research at the IU School of Medicine, one must complete the risk assessment and medical questionnaire at the time of submission of a new IACUC study, renewal of an expiring study, or when protocol associates are added to a study that haven’t taken completed the program previously. The assessment and questionnaire will be good for 3 years.

Do I have to update the information?

Yes, if there is a change in the employee's animal exposure, the risk assessment shall be updated by the employee. The medical questionnaire shall be updated by the employee whenever the employee’s personal health status changes. For more information on the program and the process, please review the Occupational Health & Safety For Individuals with Animal Exposure Program.


If you have any questions about the program, contact:

Phone: 317-274-2005

External link EH&S Occupational Health & Safety For Individuals with Animal Exposure

Phone: 317-278-1826

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