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Vivarium Standard Operating Procedures

Biological Safety


​Accrediting and funding agencies require EHS to review all agents used in animal experiments to identify potential occupational hazards, and prescribe appropriate waste disposa​l methods. Based on the review, EHS makes recommendations to IACUC, which has the final authority on SOP approval.

The form developed by EHS for this review includes a means to determine whether a particular agent requires an SOP, based on its category (listed below), and method of administration. 

See the Chemical Database for Vivarium SOPs​ to determine category of agent being used, from among these possibilities.

  • Hazardous
  • Environmental (ecological) hazard
  • Pharmaceutical with acute toxicity
  • Pharmaceutical without acute toxicity
  • Non-hazardous (includes antibodies)
NOTE: Follow these steps to successfully download an SOP.
  1. ​Right click on the desired SOP link (under FORMS, below).
  • If using Microsoft Edge, choose "Save target as"
  • ​​If using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, choose "Save link as..."
  2. ​​Open the s​aved file to complete the SOP.