One of the most critical challenges facing today’s research facilities is the acquisition of regulatory compliance—that stamp of approval that defines an institution as highly qualified, safe and desirable for the demands and challenges of complex and highly technical research.
This article summarizes the process by which two vivarium facilities for a world-leading...
Animal care facilities must meet OSHA, EPA, DOT, and often accreditation agency specific...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that, following a reassessment, it will continue using the same “small numbers of animals” in a major species to determine whether an intended use of a new animal drug in a major species of animal qualifies as a minor use.
The TurnKey Conference, held May 13–14 in National Harbor, MD, is proud to announce that senior members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Technical Resources (DTR) will be giving a presentation on the latest updates to the Design Requirements Manual.
OLAW has updated the statement clarifying events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals that were shared recently with the media by SAEN. The update provides background information on how NIH and USDA work cooperatively to exchange information found during investigations.
The events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals shared with the media by the organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) from January 2014 through March 6, 2014 are not current.
The George Washington University has graciously offered a tour for a select number of participants to view a new single-lab zebrafish facility, which will be up and running in May. The tour will include discussions on the issues and hang-ups in setting up a small facility for 1-2 investigators: repurposing an existing room, facilities issues specific to fish tank racks, water quality and temperature control.
A new standard, ANSI/ASSE Z9.14, was recently released. It provides a voluntary but systematic approach to evaluate safety design features, as well as operations and engineering processes and controls in high-containment laboratories and animal facilities.
A funny thing happens when you move into management. Like it or not, as a manager you have to deal with issues of legality. And as you go higher up the management ladder, the more pressing and ubiquitous those issues become. No, you don’t have to be a lawyer to deal with the legal issues that surround you. But you do have to be aware of specific laws and know how to make sure you aren’t violating them.
How do changes to Haz Comm affect you? This is the second and final installment on OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard (40CFR 1910.1200) or Haz Comm for short. Here we will discuss the details of the changes and how employers and manufacturers are affected.
Containment can be described as the safe handling and storage of infectious materials used in laboratory research with the goals of protecting the workers inside as well as the population outside. Containment is achieved by following strict regulations and guidelines that add multiple layers of protection to the workers, the design of the physical environment, and the equipment they work with.
At one of the United Kingdom’s most prominent medical research facilities, genetically modified mice have been safely and easily drinking from an automated watering system for several years. Housed in individually ventilated cages (IVCs) or flexible film isolators, the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Ares Facility has automated the delivery of water to approximately 90% of their IVCs in this new building.
Ethical Review is a hot topic. It is debated fiercely at forums on the future of research and ardently by members of the general public. Research professionals working in the globe’s remote corners hasten to demonstrate good faith and proclaim a genuine wish to do right by laboratory animals. Biomedical science sweats under the bright lights of high-profile controversy and image management. Anything might go viral on YouTube.
Cages are used in approximately 92% of animal research facilities, according to an August 2013 survey conducted by ALN World™, while 69.3% of respondents use racks in their facility. Aquatic equipment is used in 35.5% of the facilities, while 38.6% use isolation units.
Working in the safety and health field I know that OSHA rules take a long time to develop and even longer to change. But, I did not really think about how long it took or why. It’s just that in my thirty-plus years of protecting workers and watching OSHA develop new rules or try strengthening /updating existing ones I have observed that the process took a long time.
A recent visit by state and federal inspectors brought to light the importance of knowing all your waste streams intimately. Working in a large academic research institution with all its diverse classroom laboratories, research laboratories, and support shops is quite the challenge. And sure enough, a few things slipped through the cracks, as the saying goes.
For more than 50 years, it has been accepted that environmental enrichment in research settings impacted brain structure, the behavior, and the health and welfare of test animals. But it wasn’t until 1996 that enrichment was even mentioned by name in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
AAALAC International Accreditation: A Catalyst and a Landmark Accomplishment for High Functioning Animal Care and Use Programs around the WorldJuly 2, 2013 7:20 pm | by Christian E. Newcomer, VMD, MS, DACLAM, Dr. Kathryn Bayne and John F. Bradfield, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM | Articles | Comments
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International) is a private non-profit organization that has now been in operation for nearly 50 years, offering a rigorous peer review accreditation program that is voluntary and confidential.
There is no question that well trained, competent personnel are key to a successful laboratory animal research establishment operation and exceptional animal welfare. Across the world, numerous organisations, both commercial and non-profit ones, have established excellent training programs for diverse levels of animal care and use a variety of training recording systems.
Conflicting demands in the life of Asian scientists
Internet technology is an elegant, flexible tool and trainers are taking full advantage of its potential. Lectures can be longer than academic class time allows and illustrated with videotaped examples of everything from molecules to machines and people in action.
The need to make laboratories more sustainable is on many minds. However, according to Steven Cubitt, Managing Director of international facilities planning company The Cube based in Cambridge, England, acting in haste on sustainable laboratory programmes carries potential risks to the science, the environment, animal welfare and possibly to the safety of those working in laboratories
Implantable telemetry allows for the continuous monitoring of physiologic data in unrestrained animals.
The 2013 TurnKey Conference, scheduled for April 16–17, 2013, in Baltimore, MD is proud to announce the addition of two special new programs—a Zebrafish Facility Tour and the Pre-Conference Workshops.
As previously reviewed, the Second Edition of Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research: Biology and Management, Volume 1 examines the fundamental biology, care, and management of laboratory nonhuman primates.
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The 2013 TurnKey Conference, scheduled for April 16-17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD, USA is proud to announce the addition of a special program–a tour of the Zebrafish Facility and the main Aquatic Research Facility at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) at the University of Maryland.
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