The Occupational Health Program for individuals with animal exposure is a required portion of UCB's IACUC responsibilities. The federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requires all institutions conducting animal research to provide occupational health support for all of its animal researchers and staff. The Occupational Health Program at UCB is designed primarily to detect and prevent animal-related health hazards and injuries associated with animal research-related activities. The requirements of the Occupational Health Program are based on the guidelines in the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
All individuals at UCB who have exposure to research and/or teaching animals must participate. This includes individuals who have animal exposure because they feed and handle animals, clean animal cages, are exposed to unfixed animal tissues, are exposed to animal wastes and/or bodily fluids.
These individuals generally include:
Graduate students, Undergraduate students, Post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientific personnel, other laboratory personnel who are listed on IACUC-approved protocols
It is the responsibility of the principal investigator, departments and facility managers to identify individuals who meet these criteria.
Participation in UCB's Occupational Health Program is provided at no cost to all participants. UCB's Occupational Health Program consists of the following components:
On-the-job injuries and/or illnesses determined to be work or research-related should be immediately reported to the supervisor or Principal Investigator. UCB's Department of Risk Management (URM) will determine if your on-the-job illness or injury is eligible for coverage under workman's compensation, as indicated by UCB's on-line Biosafety Training. Even if you are unsure if your injury or illness is animal-research related, you should consider submitting a claim form to URM.
If the injury or illness is an emergency, researchers or staff are required to go to preferred Workman's Compensation providers designated by UCB. These providers include Arbor Occupational Medicine, Workwell Occupational Medicine, Concentra Urgent Care, and Boulder Community Hospital. If researchers incur an emergent animal care or research-related illness or injury that requires immediate evaluation and treatment and they are not in the Boulder vicinity, they are advised to go to the nearest urgent care or emergency care provider.
If you are not covered under workman's compensation, as determined by URM, you may need to seek care at your regular health care provider. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you are eligible to seek care at Wardenburg Health Center. Students who have UCB's student health insurance are eligible to have some or the majority of their care covered under their student health insurance plan, even if the injury or illness is not covered under workman's compensation.