Laboratory Animal Occupational Health & Safety Program Manual

We are pleased to announce the publication of the UCLA Laboratory Animal Occupational Health and Safety Program (LAOHSP) Manual. The purpose of the manual is to consolidate in one location relevant information about the occupational health and safety program for those individuals working with or near animals at UCLA. We encourage you to share the link to the LAOHSP manual … Read More

PI Responsibility for Lab Closeout

Safety Oversight Committee To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty, Principal Investigators, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts Dear Colleagues: Principal Investigators (PIs) of research laboratories that are ending their supervision of the laboratories, for example due to retirement or new employment, have an obligation to ensure that they do not leave hazardous materials (biologics, chemicals, gas cylinders, equipment, radioisotopes) … Read More

RATS 2.0 Training and Office Hours

Below are the scheduled RATS 2.0 Zoom training sessions for the month of October. We highly encourage those who haven’t been in the system since the upgrade to attend a training session. Please contact to register for an upcoming session: Date  Time  Wednesday, October 11, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2023 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, … Read More

AAALAC Townhall Slides and Flow Chart

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the joint ARC-DLAM AAALAC Prep town hall yesterday. The slides and flowchart discussed during the town hall are attached. Please share these documents with your teams and contact the ARC admin team and/or DLAM if you have any questions as we approach the November 6-9 site visit.

Readiness Checklist for AAALAC Site Visit

In preparation of the November AAALAC site visit (scheduled to begin in just over 6 weeks!), we encourage you and your team to review the attached checklist. Working your way through the 14 points of the checklist will help to ensure your own lab’s readiness for the visit. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the ARC administrative staff and/or DLAM … Read More


The ARC recently updated the policy Use of Pharmaceutical-Grade Compounds. Updates are largely cosmetic and do not change the long-standing ARC requirement to use pharmaceutical-grade or veterinary grade substances whenever they are available, even in acute procedures. The policy includes examples of justifications that may be provided to the ARC in cases when pharmaceutical-grade substances cannot be used. As a … Read More

AAALAC Site Visit: November 6-9, 2023

Mark your calendars! UCLA’s triennial accreditation site visit with AAALAC International will take place November 6-9, 2023. Though it may seem like this is months away, we actually have about 7 weeks until the visit begins. Last month, we sent an announcement with some preliminary actions specific to your ARC protocols that you can take to prepare for the site … Read More

RATS Update: September 1-4, 2023

I am pleased to announce that RATS, the online system used by the Animal Research Committee (ARC), will undergo a major update this coming weekend. As a result, RATS will be unavailable from 3:00 PM on Friday, September 1, 2023, until 11:59 PM on Monday, September 4, 2023. The RATS update is intended to refresh the appearance of the system … Read More

Invitation: 2023 Workshop On Laboratory Safety @ UCLA Sept 17-19

Colleagues: please see the below communication from EH&S. August 22, 2023 Dear Research Community, You are invited to attend the 2023 Workshop on Laboratory Safety, hosted this year at UCLA! Please register soon, as spots are limited and going fast. We hope you all are doing well and staying safe. Please send any questions you may have about this event … Read More


The ARC recently updated the policy Use of Investigator-Maintained Survival Surgical Facilities for Non-USDA-Covered Species. This policy describes the ARC requirement for use of centralized facilities for survival surgical procedures, and articulates the process by which exceptions to this requirement may be obtained. We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All ARC policies are available … Read More