Animal Occupational Health Program

Each institution must establish and maintain an occupational health and safety program (OHSP) as an essential part of the overall program of animal care and use (CFR 1984a,b,c; DHHS 2009; PHS 2002).



The components of this program are based on guidelines in the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the NRC Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals, and the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. Participation in the occupational health program is mandatory for all personnel who have direct or indirect contact with any live research vertebrate animals or harvested non-human primate tissues, body fluids, or wastes. Personnel that handle animal tissue/body fluids obtained from commercial resources are exempt.

Download the Non-Employee Animal Contact Review Form


Employees must receive training through EHS before they may begin animal work. The training includes providing the employee with an Animal Occupational Health Questionnaire in order to receive clearance from an animal occupational health physician.

Non-employees must receive training from their Supervisor or PI and must complete the Non-Employee Animal Contact Review Form.

Details on program components and instructions for completing the forms listed above can be found in the Occupational Health and Safety Manual. Training materials are provided by EHS and should be used as guides.

OHP Training Guides

OHP for RodentsOHP for FishOHP for OwlsOHP for FrogsOHP for Aquatic Invertebrates

Information and Resources

Download the Animal OHP Manual