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Animal Care Occupational Health and Safety Program

Boise State University (University) is committed to providing a safe and productive working environment for all employees and volunteers.  The University Occupation Health & Safety Program (OHSP) applies to all individuals working within Boise State animal facilities who are involved in the direct care of vertebrate animals and their living quarters, and those individuals who have direct contact with animals, their viable tissues, body fluids or wastes.

The OHSP requires training to completed through CITI Program prior to personnel working with animals in research.  Individuals with significant animal contact must also complete a health history evaluation through the University’s occupational health service provider.  This evaluation assesses the individual’s animal contact and associated hazards with their health history to determine any restrictions or controls that must be in place (e.g. tetanus vaccination, personal protective equipment)

Please contact with questions, concerns, or a referral to a health care professional.

Occupational Health Services Provider

University Health Services

University Health Services is the primary service provider for conducting health history evaluations and associated follow up along with non-life threatening medical needs.

University Health Services
1529 Belmont Street
Boise, ID 83725

St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s is another service provider for the University OHSP and medical care needs.

Preventative Services

St. Luke’s Travel & Immunization Clinic
520 S. Eagle Rd., in Suite 1239
Meridian, Idaho 83642
Phone: 208-706-7200


St. Luke’s Occupational Health Clinic
703 Americana Boulevard #130
Boise, ID 83702


Students receiving course credit for lab or field work are not eligible for Workers Compensation coverage. Students should use their preferred medical provider.  Students may wish to seek care from University Health Services.

OHSP References


Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. 2011. National Academy Press, Washington D.C. 2011.

Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. 1986. Reprinted March 1996. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C. (Available from: Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD) 16pp.

Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals. Committee on Occupational Safety and Health in Research Animal Facilities, National Research Council. 1997. National Academy Press. Washington D.C. pp168.

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017.  National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.

Asthma & Allergies

Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers. January 1998. US Department of Health & Human Services (National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health). Publication No. 97-116.

Preventing Latex Allergies. June 1997. US Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. Publication No. 97-135.


Preventing Zoonotic Diseases in Immunocompromised Persons: The Role of Physicians and Veterinarians. Sara Grant and Christopher W. Olsen. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol. 5 No. 1. Jan-March 1999.

All About Hantaviruses Homepage. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Precautions for Workers in Affected Areas Who are Regularly Exposed to Rodents. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rabies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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