SUPERCEDED Ohio University Policy and Procedure

Animal Facilities Visitor Policy

SUPERCEDED on September 10, 2008

Current Version




Procedure No.:   19.057

Page No.:        1 and 2 of 2

Date Issued:     03/01/95

Issued By:       T.L. Chesnut



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PURPOSE

To increase public understanding of the humane and responsible use of laboratory animals in biomedical research, Ohio University provides the news media and other approved visitors access to the Laboratory Animal Resources facilities on campus. This policy strives to provide timely access while protecting the health and safety of both people and the laboratory animals.

PROCEDURES

The Laboratory Animal Resource facilities are primarily animal holding and care units. They are equipped similarly to any animal care or veterinary office. Ohio University's Laboratory Animal Resource facilities are considered to be conventional in nature, but visitors may be asked to wear lab coats or other protective clothing to provide some protection to our laboratory animals against the exchange of pathogens between them and visitors. Visitors to some animal areas may be required to undergo barrier facility entrance protocols, including showers in and out of the facility, donning of full protective gear and/or isolation from other animal areas for two weeks previous to the visit.

  1. Accredited journalists must schedule tours of the laboratory animal facilities in advance by contacting the Ohio University News Services. Other visitors may schedule tours by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The names of all people touring the facilities must be provided in advance as well as appropriate credentials. Ohio University reserves the right to reschedule tours at any time.

  2. Ohio University reserves the right to limit the frequency of tours provided to any individual or organization.

  3. All tours will be accompanied by a representative from the Ohio University News Services and the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources Director or a representative.

  4. Media will not tour the facility at the same time as other visitors.

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  5. Visitors should expect to spend at least two hours touring the facilities. At any given time, certain areas may not be open to visitors due to ongoing research. In general, they will be restricted from entering areas in which they may be exposed to any health hazards or they will be advised to enter at their own risk. Visitors must be sensitive to the welfare of the animals and the impact that their presence or the use of electronic equipment may have on them. Any behavior deemed inappropriate by the tour guide or the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources Director is reason for ending the tour and removing the offender.

  6. Recorded interviews with Ohio University personnel must be conducted outside the facilities. With prior approval, photography may be allowed in non-animal areas only. Laboratory animals are sensitive to the use of electronic equipment and the presence of strangers. To minimize the disruption and to protect their welfare, photography is not permitted in the animal rooms.

  7. Ohio University is committed to accurate reporting of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources facts and figures, therefore, Ohio University representatives may need additional time to answer particular questions or to verify facts or figures.


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Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/policy/s19-057.html) on September 15, 2008.

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