How Can I Protect Myself?
Gloves, masks and a laboratory coat (or other dedicated protective clothing such as
a scrub suit) should be worn when working with rabbits. In some cases protective eye
wear is also indicated. Do not eat, drink, or apply cosmetics while working in an
animal use area, and always wash you hands after handling rabbits. Remember that
unfixed tissues, blood, serum, urine and other materials derived from rabbits may
also pose a risk. Bedding, hair and fur may also exacerbate allergies.
EH&S at 723-0448 for any concerns or questions you have about
working with rabbits or any vertebrate animal and occupational
Help with training personnel in specific work practices to minimize
risk can be obtained by contacting the Veterinary Service Center,
BE ADVISED: All
personnel working with rabbits are
eligible to enroll in the Laboratory Animal Occupational Health
Program (LAOHP). Contact EH&S at 723-0448 for additional information.
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