Animal Use Medical Screening (AUMS)


The animal use medical screening program evaluates and addresses the potential health risks of working with research animals.

Animal use medical screening (AUMS) must be offered to all faculty, staff, veterinary staff, animal husbandry staff and students who work directly with animals or unfixed animal tissues or body fluids, and to facilities and maintenance staff who enter the animal-care environment.

Lab animal allergies

Diving Safety Program


The Diving Safety Program provides training and oversight to faculty, staff and students who use self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) as a tool to conduct underwater research.

Scientific diving is regulated at both the state and federal levels. The Diving Safety Program uses training, operational support and oversight to ensure compliance with these regulations. The program also meets the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Standards for Scientific Diving; it is a current AAUS organizational member.

Fume Hoods: Use, Inspection and Maintenance

Fume hoods are a primary method of exposure control in the laboratory. A fume hood is a ventilated enclosure that usually vents separately from the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and not recirculated into the building. Fume hoods should be used when working with toxic compounds or compounds with a boiling point below 120°C. Fume hoods, or other effective local ventilation, must be provided and used when the materials used will exceed exposure limits in the laboratory.

Standards for determining permissible exposure limits include: