Research Occupational Health and Safety

Research occupational health and safety

The Research Health and Safety Program is tasked with overseeing and managing the Medical Monitoring Program for personnel with exposure to laboratory animals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that each university receiving federal support for research involving vertebrate animals develop and implement a Medical Monitoring Program for personnel with exposure to laboratory animals.

The purpose of the program is to prevent, monitor, and reduce diseases transmitted from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) and mitigate adverse reactions from exposure to laboratory animals (e.g. allergies). In addition, educational programs have been established to educate personnel about zoonotic diseases, personal hygiene, and other related issues.

Research Health and Safety also involves applying a combination of laboratory practices and procedures, laboratory facilities, and safety equipment when working with potentially hazardous materials to protect laboratory personnel, research products, the environment, and public health. It is a cooperative effort between the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the IACUC Compliance Officer, the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Biosafety Officer (BSO), the Principal Investigators (PI), and laboratory personnel.

Georgia State University’s Medical Monitoring Program for Vertebrate Animal Exposure (MMPVAE) provides more detailed information on the requirements, including information specific to:

  • eligibility
  • purpose
  • identifying participants in the MMPVAE
  • medical screening
  • follow-up medical screenings
  • records
  • waiver of medical procedures
  • accident and illness related to animal users
  • health history questionnaire
  • medical vaccinations, screening and examinations
  • preventive measures

Additional information can be found on the Biosafety web page.

To enroll, please go to:

Matthew Davis, LATg
Administrative Coordinator, Senior
Division of Animal Resources
Phone: 404-413-3560


J. Lynn Long, FNP-BC
MMPVAE Health Nurse
Georgia State University School of Nursing
Phone: 404-441-1822