Biosafety Manual

31 Biosafety Manual laboratory safety practices are being used. Use th e Laboratory Biosafety Level Criteria o n the EH&S website, which is taken from the current edition of the BMBL, to evaluate whether the facility meets requirements for the organisms and/or toxins used there. Animal Handling Animals on Campus The spread of infectious agents between animal populations or between animals and humans can be prevented by adhering to basic guidelines. Laboratory Animal Resources requires the following precautions wherever animals are housed or used on campus: • Where available use footbaths when entering and exiting animal rooms. • All animal room doors must remain closed at all times, except when entering and exiting the room. • Disposable gloves must be worn when handling animals, bedding, or soiled cages. • Disposable or washable outer garments (such as lab coats, gowns, coveralls) protect personal clothing fromcontamination when working with animals. • Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics, and handling contact lenses in animal rooms or procedure rooms is prohibited. • Hand contact with the nose, eyes, or mouth is strongly discouraged when working with animals. • Hands must be washed with soap and water immediately after handling any animals or animal equipment and before leaving the animal facility or laboratory. • Extra caution must be taken with needles or other sharp equipment used with animals. Needles shall remain capped until ready to use, then be promptly and properly discarded. Above all, do not recap needles. Needles and uncapped syringes with needles should be disposed of directly into the sharps container. The Sharps and Biohazardous Waste Procedure details proper disposal procedures and sharps alternatives. • Injury can be prevented by handling only those animal species for which proper handling training has been provided.