Training and Occupational Health

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Training Requirements

All research staff must complete required training prior to obtaining animal access. This includes adherence to Occupational Health policies and trainings (see below). Please see the Training and Education Policy for the most up-to-date requirements. Training is provided through the Traincaster system. 

Please note that PIs MUST be compliant with all training requirements at all times. Should a PI’s training lapse without renewal, the lab’s ability to perform research may be revoked. Please see the Policy on Principal Investigator Eligibility & Responsibilities for more information.

Occupational Health for Animal Care and Use

Participation in Brown University’s Animal Care and Use Occupational Health Program (OHWP) is mandatory. The OHWP both protects individuals from work-related risks associated with research on animals and protects the health of research animals from certain transmissible diseases. The program has three components:

  • Core training

  • The Occupational Health and Wellness Survey (found in Traincaster)

  • Adherence to any required medical monitoring, such as immunizations, screening tests (Tuberculosis), and serum collection and testing (Q-fever)

  • Refresher Training - See deadlines in the Training and Education Policy

Faculty, staff, students, and volunteers (including IACUC members) with animal access are required to update their information when changes in potential exposure have occurred and to complete the OHWS no less frequently than triennially when prompted by the Traincaster system.

Animal Allergies: Animal allergies can develop at any time, even if you have been working for many years without issue. If you think you might be experiencing allergic symptoms due to your work with animals (including sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, skin rashes or hives, or wheezing), contact University Health Services (UHS) to arrange for an evaluation as soon as possible.  Do not dismiss allergy symptoms, as they may progress into more serious respiratory issues.

Immune deficiency: If your immune system is weakened due to a medication or medical condition, you are encouraged to confidentially discuss your situation with UHS or with your physician.

Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you are encouraged to confidentially discuss animal exposure, hazardous agent use in the lab, or chemical exposure with UHS or with your physician.

Please call Brown University Health Services at 401-863-1330 or email [email protected] if you have questions related to the OHWS.

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