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FS25: Spring Valley Farm Animal Facility Management Protocols

 

The Facilities and Services Division is responsible for the management of the Spring Valley Farm, a property owned by The Australian National University.

Overall responsibility for the property resides with the Associate Director (Facilities and Site Operations), however on a day-to-day basis, enquiries may be directed to the Spring Valley Farm Property Manager.

Among the buildings located on the property is the Animal House. This facility is used intermittently by researchers and, therefore, must be managed in accordance with the normal security and safety protocols established by the University. These protocols are detailed below and must be followed without exception.

Security and protection

  • The facility is to be locked at all times when not staffed.
  • The Resident Property Manager, Spring Valley Farm, is empowered to challenge strangers.
  • Attempts by unauthorised personnel to enter the facility will be reported to ANU Security.

Access controls for non-research staff

To reduce the risk of parasite infection to staff maintaining the facility, the following procedures are to be followed:

  • Access should only occur when a member of the research team is present.
  • Routine maintenance should only be done when animals are not present and the facility has been decontaminated. (See under cleaning protocol)
  • A suitably qualified person (normally a member of the research team) must accompany emergency repair workers.
  • No food or drinks will be consumed on the premises.
  • Where dust is created, e.g. sanding prior to painting, staff are to wear a disposable facemask.
  • Disposable coveralls will be worn and disposed of in an appropriate manner, when staff leave the facility (i.e. in accordance with University procedures for the disposal of hazardous waste.)
  • Disposable rubber gloves should be considered if the task to be undertaken allows them to be worn.
  • Overshoes must be worn inside the facility.
  • Thorough washing of hands on exiting the facility is mandatory as parasites are commonly transmitted by ingestion.

Cleaning/inspection protocols after completion of a particular study

  • During a research program, all faeces will be picked up daily and runs hosed on a daily basis to minimise parasite accumulation.
  • At the completion of the study, and following faeces removal and a thorough hosing, Parvocide will be applied.
  • In the absence of animals, sunlight exposure further reduces any chances of survival of larva, therefore curtains/shutters should be opened.
  • At the completion of a study the premises will be fully inspected.

All these measures will be displayed prominently alongside the entry door to the facility, made available on the University’s website, and a copy provided to any researcher using the facility.

Additionally, addressees are to distribute a copy of this document to all relevant staff in their area. Where appropriate, the protocols are to be included in area Standard Operating Procedures.

 

BART MEEHAN
Associate Director Facilities and Site Operations
Issued: 5 June 2008 Revised: August 2009

This document was developed in consultation with the chair of the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee