IACUC Medical Clearance

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals requires that “an occupational health program must be part of the overall animal care and use program,” The goal of the occupational health and safety program is to prevent occupational injury and illness by avoiding, controlling or eliminating hazards in the workplace, as well as providing early diagnosis and treatment when necessary.

  • All faculty, staff and students who work with or care for laboratory or wild animals in the course of their employment with Georgia Southern University.
  • All personnel who work in the animal care facilities are required to have pre-employment medical surveillance evaluation.
  • All individuals who are working on an IACUC approved protocol must acquire a medical clearance prior to beginning work with animals.

The extent and level of participation of personnel in the GS program is based on risk assessment provided by trained medical personnel.

Non-GSU –  investigators and research personnel listed on a protocol may use the GSU Occupational Health Questionnaire and have it completed by their personal physician at their own cost or may provide proof of participation in their home institution Medical Clearance program.

Non-GSU short term research investigators and assistants who will work on GSU research efforts for less than 90 days may opt out of the Occupational Medical Clearance program via waiver. (Researchers who will be in a GSU Animal Research facility for more than 5 days will be required to provide documentation of participation in their home institution equivalent program).  Find the waiver form here.

Faculty or staff working in direct contact with animals:

  • Complete IACUC training through CITI.
  • Read the Occupational Health Risk Brochure
  • Complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire.
  • Print, sign and scan the questionnaire.  Save/scan as a PDF – or fax or drop off a copy.  (Signatures are required to allow the physician to review)
  • Send the completed questionnaire to Attention Dr. B. DeLoach, Georgia Southern Health Center at: Campus PO Box 8043, or Fax 912-478-1893, or email briandeloach@georgiasouthern.edu  or hand deliver to 984 Plant Drive
    • MUST complete entire form and sign all 3 signature lines.
    • MUST have Eagle ID number
    • Fee will be charged to Office of Research Integrity
    • Or your personal physician (you are responsible for any associated costs)
  • The medical facility will contact you if appointment is required.
  • Return only the last page of the questionnaire (the clearance recommendation page) to the compliance office at Campus Box 8005 or Suite 3000, Veazey Hall.
  • Maintain a copy of the clearance recommendation page for your records as you will be required to resubmit this determination with future IACUC applications.

Student working on IACUC protocol or in animal care:

  • Complete IACUC training on CITI.
  • Read the Occupational Health Risk Brochure.
  • Complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire.
  • Print, sign and scan the questionnaire.  Save/scan as a PDF – or fax or drop off a copy.  (Signatures are required to allow the physician to review)
  • Send the completed questionnaire to Attention Dr. B. DeLoach, Georgia Southern Health Center at: Campus PO Box 8043, or Fax 912-478-1893, or email briandeloach@georgiasouthern.edu  or hand deliver to 984 Plant Drive
    • MUST complete entire form and sign all 3 signature lines.
    • MUST have Eagle ID number
    • MUST identify your faculty adviser on the clearance page (This page is the only piece transmitted to the IACUC for your project clearance.)
    • Fee will be charged to Office of Research Integrity
    • Or your personal physician (you are responsible for any associated costs)
  • The medical facility will contact you if appointment is required.
  • Return only the last page of the questionnaire (the clearance recommendation page) to the compliance office at Campus Box 8005 or Suite 3000, Veazey Hall.
  • Maintain a copy of the clearance recommendation page for your records as you will be required to resubmit this determination with future IACUC applications.

 

Student (class contact only)-

If you have questions about the Occupational Health Plan and how to access service that are not answered here, or you would just like to speak to someone, contact the Office of Research Integrity at irb@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5465.

Service workers (physical plant, contract), visitors to the facility, administrative staff-

  • Read the Occupational Health Risk Brochure.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact your instructor, supervisor or the Office of Research Integrity.
  • If you have questions about the Occupational Health Plan and how to access service that are not answered here, or you would just like to speak to someone, contact the Office of Research Integrity at irb@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5465.

Last updated: 3/9/2018

Office of Research Integrity • PO Box 8005, Statesboro, GA 30460 • General Inquiries: (912) 478-5465 • irb@georgiasouthern.edu