Laboratory Animal Allergens

Animal allergens are considered a hazardous substance and long-term exposure can cause ill-health effects. Exposure to animal allergens occurs when people are exposed to urine, fur, hair, dander, saliva, droppings and serum sources.

Under the COSHH regulations, employers must prevent, or if this is not reasonably practicable, adequately control the exposure of employees to hazardous substances, including animal allergens.

Control measures must be in place for animal technicians, scientific staff, students, cleaning, maintenance staff, and lab visitors.

Typical symptoms include rhinitis, conjunctivitis and skin rashes. The condition may not only affect a person's health but their ability to continue working within an animal laboratory environment.

How our experts can help:

  • Allergen exposure monitoring to assess the concentration of allergens within the animal facility and to assess current levels of control.
  • Task-based exposure monitoring, e.g. cage cleaning, filter changes, animal handling.
  • Airflow measurements to calculate the number of air changes within rooms.
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) thorough examination and testing.
  • Face fit testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment.
  • Assistance with risk assessment requirements.
  • Auditing assessments and safe systems of work.

For more advice, or to speak to an Occupational Hygienist complete the quick quote form below. 

EVENTS
10 June
2021

Exploring interventions for reducing SARS-CoV-2 in hospital environments

  • 10 June 2021
  • 10:00-13:00

IOM is proud to announce that Miranda Loh has been invited to speak at the 8th UK & Ireland Occupational and Environmental Exposure Science Meeting 2021 talk about exploring interventions for reducing SARS-CoV-2 in hospital environments. This is particularly relevant to public health researchers as we’ll be sharing a new tool that we have developed.

To attend the event, please register by sending your name, position, institution, email address, Zoom name and, optionally, your professional twitter or other social media account names to ruohan.wu@student.manchester.ac.uk before 8th June 2021.

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