New UCLA Biosafety Officer

Please see the below announcement from Assistant Vice Chancellor for EH&S Colin Dimock regarding the new UCLA Biosafety Officer, Christine Tafoya. September 5, 2019 It is with great pleasure that we at the Office of Environment, Health & Safety announce the introduction of our new Biosafety Officer, Ms. Christine Tafoya. Christine comes to us from Bellingham, WA and is a … Read More

ARC Survey

Within the Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA), the ARC administrative team provides support to the Chancellor’s Animal Research Committee (ARC) by assisting researchers with: animal protocol submission and review, including application pre-review, submission processing, communicating and explaining ARC queries, and issuing approvals; required animal user trainings; facility inspections; interpretation and application of policies and regulations; and post-approval compliance … Read More

Perfusion as Method of Euthanasia

The ARC recently approved re-categorizing systemic or major organ (e.g., heart, liver, lung) perfusion from a non-survival surgery to a method of euthanasia for instances when tissues are only harvested after confirmation of death. Why the change: The ARC understands the burden that is placed on PIs when conducting animal research and periodically considers ways to remove unnecessary regulatory burden … Read More

3Rs Pilot Studies Call for Proposals – Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2019

The Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 3Rs funding opportunity, provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Aim of Award: The aim of the program is to promote and support pilot studies designed to replace the use of animals in research, reduce the numbers of animals necessary, or refine … 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 … Read More

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: MediGel Cups No Longer Available

Please see the below announcement from our friends in DLAM. Please contact Dr. Torres ( or Ms. Schimmel ( if you have any questions. MediGel Cups No Longer Available from Clear H2O – Carprofen Cups Are Available Ready-Made in the DLAM Pharmacy Until further notice, ClearH2O has made the decision, in consultation with the FDA, to stop the manufacturing, marketing … Read More


The ARC recently approved the following Policies: 1. Humane Treatment and Endpoints This new Policy establishes the ARC expectation for application of humane interventions to minimize pain and distress, and sets out criteria that warrant prompt premature euthanasia. Note that the standard premature euthanasia weight loss limit has been increased to 20% in the Policy; use of this endpoint, or … Read More

Waste Anesthetic Gas (WAG) Tutorial Series

The below announcement is shared on behalf of our colleagues in EH&S. Please contact Industrial Hygiene Manager Neil Mansky with any questions. The following Waste Anesthetic Gas awareness videos are now available for viewing on Worksafe. These videos are highly recommended for all users of table top lab animal anesthesia systems to better understand the proper setup and use of … Read More

Updated and New Biosafety SOPs

UCLA’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) works with Environment, Health & Safety to maintain a set of standardized Biosafety SOPs available to campus research labs. As a part of the 2018 annual review process the IBC approved the following changes to three of these SOPs. If you are currently using the standard Biosafety SOPs, no action by your laboratory is required. … Read More