Animal User Requirement #4

Title: Proper Storage of Cardboard in Animal Use Areas

Purpose: To provide guidance on the appropriate way to store cardboard in animal use areas and laboratories.

DIRECTION:

In an animal use area, storing cardboard in direct contact with the floor is not an acceptable laboratory practice. Cardboard stored in this manner is at risk of water damage from floor mopping or accidental spillage. Damp cardboard may provide harborage for vermin or mold, impeding adequate sanitation and vermin control.

Given that storage space is often at a premium, removing cardboard from the animal use area is typically not an option. If cardboard must be stored in a laboratory, it is acceptable to maintain it on a nonpermeable surface that will protect it from direct contact with the floor.

Listed below are some effective and low-cost solutions for proper cardboard storage in the laboratory:

Styrofoam Shipping Lid
Size: 14” x 17” or 17” x 24” (Other sizes may be available)
Cost: Free
Where to find: Contact the RARC Pharmacy (608-890-3826) or check at loading dock/mail center for extras
Plastic Rodent Transport Box
Size: Approximately 10” x 17”
Cost: Varies by location
Where to find: Contact vivarium supervisor or RARC veterinary staff
Receptacle Lid: Round or Square Flat Lid
Size: 16” Diameter, or 22” x 22” (Other Sizes Available)
Cost: ~$6.00 - 9.00
Where to find: Grainger through MDS
Item #’s: 5DMW4 or 5DMX9
Polypropylene Tray
Size: 14” x 17.9” (Other Sizes Available)
Cost: ~$7.00
Where to find: U.S. Plastic Corp.
Item #: 51161

Also try:

Stack Bin
Size: 12.5” X 16.5” 32, (Other Sizes Available)
Cost: ~$18.00
Where to find: Grainger through MDS
Item #: 11M629

Lightweight Pallet
Size: 40” X 48” 32,
Cost: ~$33.00
Where to find: Grainger through MDS
Item #: 3VAP1

Horizontal Plastic Letter Tray (2/Pack)
Size: 9.25” x 13.5”
Cost: ~$11.00
Where to find: Grainger through MDS
Item #: 1WDZ5

Square Dairy Crate
Size: 13” x 13”
Cost: ~$8.00
Where to find: Grainger through MDS
Item #: 10E133