Safety in the Animal Care and Use Setting

UW-Madison has several standing committees that oversee health and safety concerns in the research environment, each with its own website. Titles below are links to the websites.

Occupational Health

  • oversees the Occupational Health Program
  • requires animal handlers to fill out a questionnaire detailing their animal exposures
  • provides website links for other information (e.g., human blood spill cleanup, what to do for bites and scratches from macaques, etc.)

Biological Safety (OBS)

  • helps faculty and staff observe safe biomedical laboratory practices
  • provides oversight for use of recombinant DNA; UW–Madison receives NIH research funds and is subject to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
  • approves all use of biohazardous material; approval by this committee and the IACUC is required before biohazardous materials can be used in animals

Chemical and Environmental Safety

  • advises faculty, staff and students how to use chemicals safely
    • in laboratories, all chemical must be used according to a Chemical Hygiene Plan
    • outside of laboratories, all chemicals must be used according to a Hazard Communication and Protection Plan
    • copies of these plans must be filed with the Safety Department
  • provides training, information, and sample plans for compliance with OSHA requirements
  • provides disposal services for chemicals and animal carcasses
  • provides advice and troubleshooting for sharps and hazardous glass disposal
  • provides training and advice for safe and legal transport, shipping, and receipt of chemicals
  • provides advice for prevention and response to chemical spills and accidents; provides on-site consultation for cleanup of simple spills
  • provides a free copy of the UW–Madison Chemical Safety and Disposal Guide

Radiation Safety

  • provides radiation safety training
  • provides radioactive materials, radioactive waste handling, etc.
  • approves all use of radioactive materials; approval by this committee and the IACUC is required before such materials can be used in animals

Investigators are responsible for radionuclide use in their research animals, i.e., husbandry.