How Can I Protect Myself?
Gloves, masks and a laboratory coat (or other dedicated protective
clothing such as a scrub suit) should be worn when working with
birds. In some cases protective eye wear is also indicated. Do
not eat, drink, or apply cosmetics while working in an aviary,
and always wash your hands after handling birds. Remember that
unfixed tissues, body fluids, and other materials derived from
birds may also pose a risk. Guano (feces), hair and feathers may
also exacerbate allergies.
EH&S at 723-0448 for any concerns or questions you have about
working with birds or any vertebrate animal and occupational risks.
Help with training personnel in specific work practices to minimize
risk can be obtained by contacting the Veterinary Service Center,
BE ADVISED: All personnel
working with birds or vertebrate animals are eligible to enroll
in the Laboratory Animal Occupational Health Program (LAOHP).
Contact EH&S at 723-0448 for additional information.
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