Dress Code for LAR

Last updated: January 28, 2015


I.
Purpose
A dress and personal hygiene code for all LAR staff and animal users is in place for animal areas in the Skaggs Building and the Health Sciences Building.

II. Responsibility
It is the responsibility of all LAR Staff and others who use the animal to facilities practice good personal hygiene and to dress appropriately for the specified animal area in which they are working.

III. Procedures

  • No eating, drinking, gum chewing, use of tobacco products or makeup application in LAR. The only exception is that eating and drinking is allowed in HSB009 and SB041.
  • No open-toed shoes are allowed in LAR for safety purposes.
  • LAR staff members are provided scrubs for wear while working.
  • Lab coats: Health Science Building
    • White lab coats (provided in each animal room) must be worn by all LAR staff and animal users whenever entering an animal room
      • White lab coats are not to be worn outside of each specific animal room. Leave lab coats hanging from hooks in the animal room.
      • All white lab coats are washed weekly by LAR staff and clean lab coats are restocked into each animal room.
    • Designated white lab coats (provided in HSB cage wash room) must be worn by LAR staff and animal users whenever entering the HSB cage wash room.
      • Lab coats are not to be worn outside of the HSB cage wash room.
      • All lab coats are washed weekly by LAR staff and clean lab coats are restocked into the HSB cage wash room.
    • Absolutely NO lab coats from other laboratories are allowed in LAR
  • Lab coats: Skaggs Building
    • White lab coats (provided in each animal room) must be worn by all LAR staff and animal users whenever entering or working in that animal room
      • White lab coats are not to be worn outside of each specific animal room. Leave lab coats hanging from hooks in the animal room.
      • All white lab coats are washed weekly by LAR staff and clean lab coats are restocked into each animal room.
    • Designated lab coats (provided in SB cage wash room) must be worn by LAR staff and animal users while working in the SB cage wash room.
      • Designated lab coats are not to be worn outside of the SB cage wash room. Leave designated lab coats hanging in the cage wash room.
      • Designated lab coats are washed weekly by LAR staff and clean lab coats are restocked into the SB cage wash room.
    • Absolutely NO lab coats from other laboratories are allowed in LAR
  • Gloves
    • Gloves are provided by LAR and must be donned by LAR staff and animal users for working with animals and animal caging. Gloves are disposed of upon leaving each animal room.
    • Gloves must be worn in all dirty cage rooms and disposed of upon leaving the dirty cage room.
  • Shoe covers
    • Shoe covers are provided by LAR and are donned by LAR staff and animal users as they enter any SPF mouse facility.
    • Shoe covers are disposed of as one leaves the SPF facility.
  • Respirators and other protective equipment and clothing
    • The Occupational Health and Safety policy for UM LAR provides risk assessment and medical surveillance by an occupational health physician.
    • Where advised by the occupational health physician, respirators will be provided by UM to LAR staff or other animal users.
    • Other protective equipment or clothing specific to a given research protocol will be provided by the Principal Investigator of that protocol to his or her animal research staff.