Training and Occupational Health Information

In compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations and PHS Policy (including "The Guide"), it is the Policy of the CMU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that all personnel involved in the animal care and use program (ACU) will complete training sufficient to show that they are appropriately qualified and experienced and will participate in the Animal Handler Health and Safety Program (Occupational Health Program). This includes Faculty, Staff, Students, Veterinarians and Compliance staff (anyone who has unsupervised vivarium access). It is the policy of the CMU IACUC that all training required to show that personnel are appropriately qualified and experienced will be documented. A printable summary of the training and occupational health requirements can be found here. An example of a training tracking form can be found here. Feel free to use this form or develop your own.

Occupational Health Program Participation 

Animal Handler Health and Safety Program or "AHHS": All individuals working with animals or with unrestricted facility access must participate in the AHHS Program, including:

1. Review the risks associated with the anticipated work with the PI or immediate supervisor. Helpful hint for PIs and animal users: Both the AHHS and Chemical Hygiene Plan ("CHP", Laboratory Safety Policy) require a discussion of the potential risks encountered in research, save time and have a single discussion about the risks of working in the lab and working with animals. Then complete Appendix I of the CHP.

2. Review animal allergen information sheets (Aquatic Animals, Rodents).

3.Complete the self-directed risk assessment.

4. Return signed risk assessment form only to the ORC (see document for contact information). If you elect to opt out, participation is complete, however you must update your risk assessment any time you change labs or your duties/risks change.

5. If you elect to opt-in to medical surveillance, you must: Complete and turn in medical questionnaire (provided by ORC) to COMP using the fax or address on the form and; If needed meet with Occ. Health Physician; and If required meet with OLFS for respirator fit testing. Helpful hint: If you elect to opt in, complete OLFS and CITI required training while you are waiting to complete the additional AHHS Program requirements.

Office of Laboratory and Field Safety training

1. Together with the PI or immediate supervisor, complete and sign Safety Training Form of the chemical hygiene plan to determine which OLFS trainings are required. Turn in the signed appendix form to OLFS.

2. At a minimum, most animal users will complete Laboratory Safety Training and Blood Borne Pathogen Training via SAP SuccessFactors. There is no longer a need to call OLFS for a password to utilize this new sysytem. 

3. Complete any additional trainings required by Safety Training Form.

Note: OLFS training will be moving from Blackboard to a new learning management system Spring 2020. This same system will eventually become the portal for CMU offered animal user training.

CITI training 

Personnel involved in Teaching, Research or Outreach will be directed to The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) and will choose "Animal Care and Use" (ACU) in addition to any other relevant category listed.

1. For help with account set up: CITI New Learner Account Registration and a Guide to CITI Navigation. It is required that you use your cmich global ID and password when signing up for CITI to enable single sign on (SSO), this allows for automatic integration of CITI and IRB Manager.

2. Training must be refreshed at least once approximately every three years.

3. Anyone who has difficulty determining the appropriate training for their protocol should contact Tracee Wilson.

4. The records will be documented on-line by CITI, a proof of completion can be saved as a pdf, however this may not be needed if you use your cmich credentials.

Facility Access and Hands on Training 

Prior to attending this training, animal users must complete the requirements listed above and be familiar with their anticipated role.

Facility Access and Hands On Training offered by CMU is currently undergoing reorganization.

A list and schedule of currently available classes can be found here.

If you needs Hands On Training not listed on the course description page, or are unable to attend any of these scheduled class times, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at 774-7313 or

At this point in the training process, the PI should submit a personnel addition form to the IACUC adding new personnel to their protocol (if they have not done so already). As a reminder animal users may not work with animals until they are listed on an IACUC approved protocol. Once the personnel addition form is approved, facility access will be granted. The personnel addition form WILL NOT BE approved until all of the above-mentioned training is completed and confirmed by the Office of Research Compliance AND an approved personnel addition form is in place.

The following additional training is required, but can be completed after facility access has been granted:

Protocol Specific Training 

All personnel carrying out protocol specific or advanced animal care procedures (e.g. surgery or clinical care) involving animals must be appropriately trained prior to being allowed to perform the procedures on live animals. If this training is provided outside of the CMU offered courses described above, the following rules apply:

1. The Supervisor (PI for research staff or Vivarium Manager for vivarium staff) is responsible for ensuring adequate training but the actual training may be delegated to appropriately qualified individuals.

2. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring documentation of protocol specific training or animal care training, creation and tracking of the training document may be delegated so long as the PI ensures that training is being documented.

3. For invasive procedures it is strongly recommended that training include:

  • Observation of the procedure being conducted by an experienced individual (trainer)

  • Practice sessions utilizing deceased animals and/or animals scheduled to be euthanized (non-survival).

  • Procedure conducted cooperatively with an experienced trainer

  • Procedure conducted by the trainee alone but in the presence of an experienced trainer

  • Procedure conducted independently

Continuing Education

Central Michigan University will periodically provide educational opportunities for animal users to learn basic animal handling techniques and advanced techniques (e.g. aseptic surgical technique, catheterization) and continuing education opportunities such as periodic seminars. When these classes and seminars are provided, it is the responsibility of the animal users to record their attendance as part of their overall training record, however Central Michigan University will maintain a record of attendance at any training offered. 

For additional training information click here. 

Updated  3/28/2020

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