Every person working with animals should be aware of the potential danger from animal bites and other mishaps. Report all incidences, no matter how minor.
Every person working with animals should be aware of the potential danger from animal bites and/or other mishaps such as self-injection of reagents, needle sticks, other sharps injuries, and mucous membrane exposures from urine, feces, blood or other bodily secretions. Although an animal scratch or bite might not seem serious, its occurrence should be reported to one's supervisor or instructor so that proper measures may be taken. The immediate measures to be taken are outlined below (as adapted from UB Workers’ Compensation Accident/Injury Report form).
Several of the agents responsible for viral, fungal, bacterial, and parasitic infections in laboratory animals are capable of infecting humans. Employees can further contact The Great Lakes Physician’s Services, ECMC (898-4153) for advice beyond that offered by the initial medical care personnel. Any subsequent gastrointestinal, eye, respiratory or skin illnesses that may resemble the signs or symptoms of infections in the animals for which they are caring should be reported.
Seek emergency first aid i.e. wash exposed area with soap and water for 15 minutes, rinse eyes at eyewash stations for minimum of 15 minutes, remove contaminated clothing, use emergency body showers as deemed appropriate if exposed.
Notify your supervisor.
Any animal involved in a bite or scratch will be placed on a ten-day quarantine. The veterinarian or veterinary technicians will place a card on the cage that states "Quarantined - Do Not Euthanatize for Ten Days." The card also should specify the date of the incident and the ten-day ending date. The veterinary staff will monitor and record the health status of the animal while on quarantine. The LAF director will contact ECMC, EH&S and the supervisor if rabies or other zoonosis is relevant to the injury.
*Enter the NYS ARS Incident Number under Part 2 of the Accident/Injury Report Form.
The proper insurance carrier for State Employees is: The State Insurance Fund, 225 Oak Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 (716) 851-2000.
The proper insurance carrier for Research Foundation employees is: Chubb First.
However, Research Foundation employees should not contact Chubb directly. Please call Annette Lozo at 645-7777.
Contact Josephine Zenosky, Center for Tomorrow, 645-3013
Students can use Student Health Services or their private insurer.
Students are considered "employees" regardless if they are paid or volunteer.
Great Lakes Physicians Services at ECMC maintains occupational health records for UB employees who are approved to work with animals. Call (716) 898-4153 for more information on your records.
Complete the Accident / Injury Report Form and fax to 716-645-2605.
Contact EH&S as soon as possible. Call 829-3301.
After hours / weekends, call 645-2222.
Report all incidents to Lisa Martin, director, or David Niederbuhl, facility manager.