Managing Research Animal Specimens and Laboratory Safety.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The procedures necessary to perform testing in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory have inherent associated risks to personnel in regard to exposure to infectious agents. In research institutions animals can be experimentally infected, acquire naturally occurring infections and can also be exposed to other hazards such as toxic chemicals or radiologic entities. A critical component of the use of animals in a research environment is the collaboration between the responsible researcher and the veterinary diagnostic laboratory with the institutional health and safety professionals to ensure that the proper engineering controls, personal protective equipment, laboratory procedures and training are in place for personnel working with the animals or their specimens. Unlike the typical researcher, the veterinary diagnostic laboratory generally has to be equipped to safely process and work with a wide range of potential hazards where the communication of pertinent information from the researcher to the diagnostic laboratory regarding the identity of the potential hazard is paramount. Diagnostic laboratory design, safety equipment, personal protective equipment, laboratory procedures, occupational health program and personnel training must be sufficient to address hazards based on a risk assessment performed in conjunction with safety professionals. This article will summarize safety considerations with the various areas of concern in the operation of a diagnostic laboratory for research animal specimens.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Asfaw, YG; Reynolds, R; Alderman, S; Norton, JN

Published Date

  • December 31, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 59 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 144 - 149

PubMed ID

  • 30590683

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1930-6180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ilar/ily017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England