Occupational Health and Safety Program

The UGA Occupational Health and Safety (OHSP) Program works to provide a safe workplace for all personnel involved in research using animals or biohazardous agents.

The Office of Animal Care and Use and the Office of Biosafety administer the OHSP with the assistance of Regional FirstCare’s Occupational Health Service. The National Research Council’s Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals and the CDC’s Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories are used to provide guidance and benchmarks for the UGA OHSP.

The OHSP applies to any UGA employee (faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and visitors) who:

  • works with vertebrate animals, or animal tissues, fluids, secretions, and/or excretions;
  • works with biohazardous agents;
  • handles caging and related equipment contaminated by animal tissues, fluids, secretions, and/or excretions; or routinely enters into facilities where animals are maintained.


Required for all personnel listed on Animal Use Protocols and/or IBC Protocols, including the PI, and all research personnel.

 Occupational Health Questionnaire
 Occupational Health Update

Required for all personnel listed who enter animal facilities but who do not have animal contact (e.g. Physical Plant Staff, vendors, other authorized visitors).

Non-Contact Animal Exposure Report Form
Non-Contact Information Sheet for High Containment / High Security Facilities


Directions to Occupational Health & Safety Program Provider

Occupational Health and Safety Doctor (Occ Doc): Dr. Brian Forrester

Address: Regional FirstCare
485 Hwy 29 N
Athens, GA 30683

Phone: 706-353-6000 – Option 1

Directions: Regional FirstCare Occupational Health Services is located next to the Athens Regional FirstCare at 485 Highway 29 North, just past Athens Tech. on the left. Go straight at the light. Make the first available U-turn, head back the opposite way and look for it on the right (before McDonald’s).