New MRSC/RDRC System (SafetyNet) Launch

The following announcements are shared with you on behalf of the Medical Radiation Safety Committee (MRSC) and Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC): New Online System (SafetyNet) After several months of working with multiple stakeholder groups, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new MRSC/RDRC online system in SafetyNet. This system will replace section 8.11 in webIRB and the review … Read More

ARC POLICY UPDATE

The ARC recently revised the Policy, Treatment and Use of Animals under Expired Protocols. Revisions to the Policy include automatic transfer of animals to the DLAM holding protocol if a lapse in approval occurs while experiments are under way. The revised Policy also clarifies that permission must be obtained from the relevant grant program officer in order to use federal … Read More

Laboratory Animal Allergens – What Are the Risks?

What are lab animal allergies and occupational asthma? Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) and Occupational Asthma (OA) develop from exposure to animal allergens, and are among the most common, serious occupational diseases of workers exposed to animals in laboratories. Please review the Lab Animal Allergies & Occupational Asthma fact sheet to learn how to prevent LAA and OA. The ARC encourages all … Read More

NEW IBC POLICY: Transport of Animals Containing Biohazardous Materials

The IBC has approved a new Policy: Transport of Animals Containing Biohazardous Materials. The goal of this policy is to minimize the number of live biohazardous animals that are removed from the vivarium and to ensure that IBC-approved transfers are conducted properly. We encourage you to review this Policy with your research team. Please do not hesitate to contact us … Read More

ARC POLICY UPDATE

The ARC recently revised the Policy, Breeding Colony Management. Those of you who have or intend to breed rodents at UCLA should review the updated policy with your teams. The revised Policy is available at the ARC Breeding Colony Management web page. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 310-206-6308 or arc@research.ucla.edu if you have any questions.

IBC Office Hours

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Administrative Staff are now available for in-person assistance during weekly office hours: Who? IBC Manager Christine Bruton When? Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 – 5:00 pm Where? CHS 17-132A We encourage you to stop by office hours with your questions about the IBC review process and SafetyNet. If you can’t make it to office hours, contact us for an … Read More

NEW IBC POLICY – 30-day Comment Period

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is working to formalize the previously unwritten guidance regarding transport of biohazardous animals into a Policy. The draft Policy – Transport of Animals Containing Biohazardous Materials – is in the final stages of review; as such, we are opening a 30-day comment period for researchers to provide feedback. If the IBC receives no comments, the … Read More

Reminder of IBC Training Requirements

The IBC would like to remind you that all team members listed on your BUA must be up-to-date on all required safety trainings. Failure to meet this requirement may result in untrained individuals being removed from your BUA or other corrective actions, as determined by the IBC. To view a summary of any trainings that are expired or incomplete, you can go to the Training … Read More

Spring 2018 EH&S Newsletter

I’d like to forward the Spring 2018 Newsletter published by UCLA EH&S, which summarizes recent changes that have been made to the EH&S Biosafety Program. If you have any questions regarding the newsletter, please contact biosafety@ehs.ucla.edu.

NIH Request for Comments – Laboratory Animal Welfare: Coordination and Harmonization of Regulations and Policies

NIH published a request for comments, Laboratory Animal Welfare: Coordination and Harmonization of Regulations and Policies, in the Federal Register today. Per the notice the agency is “seeking information to improve the coordination of regulations and policies with respect to research with laboratory animals as required by the 21st Century Cures Act” in coordination with USDA and FDA to reduce … Read More