Personnel involved in the care and use of research animals work in an environment that presents many unique hazards related to:
- the equipment, materials and practices used in routine animal husbandry
- animal contact, directly or indirectly
- the techniques or materials (e.g., biohazardous substances) used during the course of animal experimentation
Regardless of the source of a hazard, you must take several basic measures to reduce the risk of personal exposure. These include understanding the hazards you are likely to encounter during animal care and use, using properly designed and maintained facilities and equipment to minimize exposures, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and demonstrating the technical proficiency necessary to accomplish experimental manipulations or animal care procedures in a safe and humane fashion.