From the start, we will help ensure your ACF program is consistent with the Guide for the Care and Use of Lab Animals and provide resources, guidance and advice to investigators, scientists, EHS staff and ACF staff for biosafety, chemical safety, humane treatment of animals and ACF operations.

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Physical Plant Set-up

We facilitate the initial setup to ensure you meet regulations while operating efficiently. Cage options, related equipment, and materials storage are selected according to:

  • Husbandry needs
  • HVAC requirements
  • Wastewater and environmental regulations
  • Cost
  • Maintenance and Cleaning
  • Ease of use

Animal Care Facility (ACF) Programs

Set-up initial program for consistency with the Guide for the Care and Use of Lab Animals; and hands-on implementation for ABSL1 and ABSL2.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

  • Initial set-up and ongoing implementation of all functions of IACUC of oversight
  • Tailor the ACF Safety Manual (as described by the BMBL)
  • Provide a system and initiate the first sentinel program

Training

  • Develop and deliver ACF new employee and annual training including procedures and policies, and worker safety
  • Create and train on disaster plans

Animal Husbandry

  • Review husbandry techniques and advise on best practices
  • Develop husbandry procedures, policies, recordkeeping, and documentation
  • Develop systems for purchasing and receiving animals
  • Liaison with the veterinarian as needed

Maintenance

  • Develop SOPs specialized for cleaning ACF and facility maintenance procedures, policies, recordkeeping, and documentation
  • Decontaminate and prepare facility for animals
  • Fumigation

Permitting and Compliance

Be prepared for initial IACUC meetings and IACUC facility audits by having Safety Partners regularly review animal protocols. Your investigators, scientists, EHS staff and ACF staff will have resources, guidance and advice for biosafety, chemical safety, humane treatment of animals, and other ACF operations.

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