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.
- 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.)
- 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
- 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
- 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.