Office of Research: Environmental Health and Safety

Campus Health Surveillance

A. Animal Exposure Surveillance Program

The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals requires institutions that receive federal funding to provide an occupational health and safety program for employees, visitors and students that work with or have exposure to research animals.

UCSF has an Occupational Health and Safety Program intended to provide guidelines for establishing a high level of safety for all individuals who are involved in the care and use of research animals. The Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP) is one part of this program and serves to provide risk assessment and risk reduction strategies for all individuals with exposure to research animals at UCSF.

All new and current UCSF employees/research personnel who have contact with animals in the course of their work are required to participate in baseline health screening procedures by enrolling in the Occupational Health Services' AESP. Failure to comply may result in a restriction from working with animals.

The Medical Health Surveillance Questionnaire is available on-line in RIO.

Policies on Animal Surveillance and Training:

Sheep Workers

Old World Primate (OWP) Workers

Allergies to Laboratory Animals

Allergies to Laboratory Animals provides information about risk of developing an allergic reaction and symptoms of allergic reactions for UCSF personnel who work with laboratory animals.

B. Policies on Medical Surveillance and Training :

1. Campus Groups:

  • Asbestos
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Facilities Management
  • Hazardous Materials Management

2. Labs working with Specific Agents:

3. The UCSF Policy for Immune Compromised Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting

The UCSF Policy for Immune Compromised Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting indicates that all immunocompromised workers and trainees who work in research laboratories or handle animals receive education and training regarding infectious agents present specific to their work area and job duties. As part of this training, information will be given regarding causes and risk factors for immune compromise. This information will be provided before starting work and on an annual basis thereafter.

Specific educational information related to Immune Compromised Workers/Trainees is available.

4. The UCSF Policy on Reproductive Health for Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting

The UCSF Policy on Reproductive Health for Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting mandates education and training regarding work place hazards and reproductive health for laboratory workers and trainees.

Specific educational information related to reproductive health is available.

Infectious Disease Exposure

The UCSF Campus Exposure Plan provides guidance on the identification, reporting, and follow-up for faculty, staff, and students who have been exposed to a communicable disease outside the Medical Center setting. Contact UCSF Public Health Officer 415-514-3531.