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Open Access Personal Protective Equipment in Animal Research

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The occupational health and safety program is an integral component of a comprehensive animal care and use program. It is important to mitigate the risk of exposures of animal care and research personnel to allergens and physical, chemical, radiologic, and biologic hazards during the conduct of various tasks. This need is especially true in infectious disease and biocontainment research. One aspect of the program is the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). Commercially available PPE should be carefully evaluated based on their material composition and performance according to manufacturer data. To help institutions and end users by providing them guidance on choosing appropriate PPE, we here discuss the regulatory framework, device standards, and materials engineering for various PPE, including gloves, shoe covers, head caps, gowns, aprons, masks, hearing and eye protection devices, and respirators. Ultimately, the choice of appropriate PPE is based on the risk assessment, which should include consideration for personnel comfort, correct device fitting, and the containment level for the hazard used.

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Affiliations: 1: Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan;, Email: [email protected] 2: Department of Environment, Health and Safety, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 3: United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, United States Army, Fort Detrick, Maryland 4: INDA – The Association of the Nonwoven and Engineered Fabrics Industry, Cary, North Carolina

Publication date: 01 June 2017

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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