Policy change: Initial animal use medical screening now required for personnel in animal areas


As of May 1, 2019, personnel who conduct work in University animal care and use areas will no longer have the option to decline the initial animal use medical screening. The medical screening evaluates and mitigates potential health risks related to working with research animals.

UW personnel who work in animal areas must now complete the screening at least once, and will still have the option to decline the recommended subsequent screenings. This policy change is due to new enforcement practices by the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).

If you have never completed the health screening, you will soon be required to do so. You may complete the online health screening form at any time.

If you have questions about this policy change, please contact Sheryl Schwartz, EH&S assistant director for Campus Preventive Health, at sheryls@uw.edu or 206.221.4610. If you have questions about the animal use medical screening process, please contact EH&S Employee Health Center at emphlth@uw.edu or 206.685.1026.

This EH&S webpage has information about the animal use health screening, access to the online forms, and other related information. Direct any technical problems with the online forms to AUMShelp@uw.edu.


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