Animal Care Occupational Health

The Animal Care Occupational Health Program is the occupational health program intended to serve animal care workers, researchers and technicians.  Program delivery is accomplished through protocol review, teaching and annual inspection of animal use labs and facilities. 

The program is administered by the Animal Care Occupational Health Specialist (ACOHS) who serves as a resource member of the Protocol Management and Review Committee (PMRC) as well as the Biological Safety Advisory Committee.  The specialist reviews the Animal Use Protocols and Schedule 10 Risk Assessments in a cooperative effort between the EHSO, the Principal Investigator and the PMRC. 

Animal Use Protocol Form:  Schedule 10 Risk Assessment

The Schedule 10a Risk Assessment form is available through the Office of Research Services or can be found on the web at  http://umanitoba.ca/research/orec/animal_care/animalcare_forms.html  The Schedule 10b is used to add new personnel to an existing schedule 10a Risk Assessment by amendment and is also found at the ORS web site.

The Schedule 10 Risk Assessment form is administered by the Protocol Management and Review Committee and reviewed by the ACOHS as well as the relevant facility manager.  An electronic copy of the completed Animal Use Protocol Form along with all completed schedules (including Schedule 10) should be forwarded to Steven Cole at cole3@cc.umanitoba.ca at least two weeks before the PMRC protocol submission deadline as part of your protocol pre-review. 

Schedule 10 Safe Work Practice Documents

These Safe Work Practice documents are in place make the risk assessment and implementation of safe work practices fast and simple when working with some of the more common hazardous techniques used in animal research.  They may be used or referenced as part of the Schedule

Safe work practice 0001 Formaldehyde perfusion to be referenced in protocols where formaldehyde perfusion is used along with other hazardous agents

Safe work practice 0001.1 Perfusion Schedule 10 to be used as for a schedule 10 submission when formaldehyde perfusion is the only hazardous agent used in a protocol.

Safe work practice 0002 Lentiviral Vectors in Animals Schedule 10 to be used as a Schedule 10 when applying for a protocol involving Lentiviral vectors (three or more plasmid vector systems only)

Safe work practice 0003 Universal Precautions/Lab Animal allergens MANDATORY FOR WORK IN ALL LAB ANIMAL HOLDING FACILITIES!!!!!

 

The following support documents are supplied to assist applicants in their successful completion of the Schedule 10 Risk Assessment

Section 2.B.5

Blank MSDS sheets for biological agents which can be completed by the researcher if none such exists at the Public Health Agency of Canada website ( http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/msds-ftss/ ). 

Blank MSDS sheets for chemical agents which can be completed by the researcher if none such exists from the supplier. 

Section 2.B.8

The Strain Declaration of Origin and Identity form is to be used in lieu of a suppliers certificate of analysis for biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, and/or components thereof to ensure accurate identification of agents used. 

Section 2.B.9

Post Exposure Protocol for Bannatyne Campus and/or Fort Garry Campus for use with hazardous chemicals and biological agents. 

 

Training Courses

Biosafety oriented training sessions are offered to assist research groups in meeting minimum safety training standards with regard to biological hazards in the animal care setting.

  • Animal Biosafety Level Two Training is open to all animal care workers researchers and technicians and is required for all workers working in animal facilities with risk group two microorganisms.  This training includes a lab animal allergen and zoonosis module.  This training must be updated every three years.
  • Lab Animal Allergen and Zoonosis Training is open to all animal care workers researchers and technicians and is required for all workers working in lab animal facilities.  This training must be updated every three years. 

Schedule 10 Risk Assessment Training is provided to assist researchers in successfully completing their Schedule 10 Risk Assessment documentation before submission to the Animal Care Occupational Health Specialist.  It is open to all personnel who are or may be completing a risk assessment on an animal use protocol form.