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Washington State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Occupational Health and Safety for Individuals with Animal Contact

Requirement for Tetanus
Everyone who has animal contact must be vaccinated for tetanus (within the past 10 years)


Requirement for Rabies
Anyone with exposure to unvaccinated dogs/cats, carnivores or rabies-suspect species must be vaccinated for rabies.


Animal Allergies
If you work with animals, you have the potential of becoming allergic to them. Check out this section for more information.


Environmental Health and Safety Office
This is another resource for WSU employees regarding occupational health and safety concerns. You can find information on lab safety, office safety, training, biohazard policies, risk assessments, chemical disposal, MSDS documents, hearing protection program, hantavirus guidelines, personal protective clothing and equipment etc. You can contact the WSU-EH&S office at (509) 335-3041.


Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals
This is a 1997 document published by the National Research Council. This book details the requirements of a comprehensive OHS program for institutions who use animals in research, testing and teaching. This is also the guide that AAALAC-International uses when evaluating an OHS program.


Compassion fatigue training for caregivers
Animal Caregiver Training (ACT) is available for all animal caregivers. This training is essential to understand the cumulative toll that this role takes on individuals who care for animals. This information sheet provides the overview. You are strongly encouraged to read Dr. Phyllis Erdman’s Compassion Fatigue training presentation, which addresses issues surrounding care-giving for animals in teaching and research settings. If you experience any of the feelings described, please feel free to use the resources at the end of the presentation.