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Occupational safety and health in the care and use of nonhuman primates.
MMWR 2003 Sep; 52(38):920
In 1997, the National Research Council Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (NRCILAR) published the first guide for the management of an Occupational Health and Safety Program (OHSP) for the care and use of laboratory animals (1). This report provided a broad reference foundation for the development of an institutional OHSP. The care and use of nonhuman primates in the research setting presents challenges to facility management, including the need for guidance in risk assessment and management of specific hazards. The same year this report was published, a splash to the eye unassociated with injury resulted in the Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1 infection and subsequent death of a research assistant at a primate research center. Limited reviews of policies and procedures related to working with nonhuman primates conducted by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at various National Primate Research Centers in response to this incident identified an absence of accepted industry-wide standards for management of such occupational hazards.
Laboratory-animals; Laboratory-workers; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Risk-factors; Health-care; Health-hazards; Health-programs; Health-protection; Occupational-hazards; Health-standards
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division