Occupational Health & Safety
In fulfillment of federal regulations, the Animal Care & Use Program at UNC Charlotte maintains a program of occupational health and medical surveillance to minimize risks to personnel that have contact with laboratory animals. This program is intended to address risks for individuals with varying frequency and intensity of exposure to animals used in research or teaching on campus. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is an integral component of risk mitigation and is an absolute requirement when working in procedural/animal holding areas of the Vivarium and in laboratories where live animals are temporarily used or animal tissues/fluids may be handled.
An unaffiliated healthcare provider administers the Occupational Health Medical Surveillance Program (OHMSP). Per the Occupational Health Medical Surveillance Policy, all individuals who are exposed to animals or animal tissues at UNC Charlotte are required by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to enroll in the Occupational Health Medical Surveillance Program (OHMSP) prior to initiating their work or being granted access to the Vivarium. To enroll or update your enrollment in the OHMSP, use the forms provided in the table below. Consult the menu items on this page to review submission instructions for these forms and to learn more about the OHMSP.
IMPORTANT: If you will work with unconditioned mammals (e.g., in the field, wild animals, etc.), please complete the Rabies Vaccination Attestation Form in addition to your Initial or Annual Health Forms.