Occupational Health Program



All students:
   Student Health Services, (514) 398-2558, Web site - Also see ESO Web site       

   McGill, MNI and Douglas: McGill Environmental Health and Safety Office, (514) 398-4766, Web site    

   RI-MUHC: Dac Hien Vuong, Tel : (514) 934-1934 poste 71630, dachien.vuong [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (email)   or   Mihaela Cucu Sandu, Tel : (514) 934-1934 ext. 35780, mihaela.cucu [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (email)

   Lady Davis Institute -JGH: Dr. Alain Petit, Tel: (514) 340-8222 ext. 25609, apetit [at] jgh.mcgill.ca (email)

   Shriners: Mary-Jane Pennino, BScN, Service de Santé et sécurité du travail, Hopitaux Shriners pour Enfants, 514-282-8309, MJPennino [at] shrinenet.org (email)


McGill University Environmental Safety Office organizes PPD testing clinics twice a year; This is to test for tuberculosis. You must attend BOTH clinic dates and the fall schedule dates are the following::

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm for the PPD test;


  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm for the reading of the test result.

Please bring your vaccination booklet as well as your RAMQ Medicare card with you to the clinic.

For questions, contact the kathryn.wiens [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Request%20for%20TB%20testing) (OHS Administrator).


The tests are done at 3610 McTavish Street corner DrPenfield. 4th Floor. You need to confirm participation with the kathryn.wiens [at] mcgill.ca (subject: OH%20Health%20Clinic%20%20) (OHS Administrator).


Bloodborne pathogens Program - As part of the effort to provide a safe working environment, The Environmental Health and Safety Office has implemented the Bloodborne Pathogens Program for all those who may risk such exposure as part of their work or research. Although participation in the program is voluntary, participation including Hepatitis B immunization is highly recommeded to all staff and students who routinely handle or will have exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials. More information about the Occupational Health Program for Bloodborne Pathogens, click here.


Occupational Health Program for Animal Related Activities

Activities involving the care and use of animals in research and teaching pose particular health risks not normally encountered in other activities. The magnitude of risk is dependent on:

  1. the nature of contact (direct or indirect) with animals, their tissues, excreta, body fluids, hair, animal cages, and dander;
  2. the species involved.

In recognition of its responsibility to provide a safe working environment, the University has adopted this policy for protection of faculty, staff, and students from health risks which may result from working with animals or working in animal care activities.


  1. Protection of individuals from hazards associated with animal care and use.
  2. Ensuring that individuals are thoroughly informed of the risks associated with their work.
  3. Provision of preventative medical services and delivery of prompt and adequate medical care and advice.
  4. Rehabilitation of employees whose health has been compromised due to occupational exposures.
  5. Ensuring that individuals are physically able to perform their assigned tasks without undue risk to themselves or fellow workers.
  6. Protection of animals from diseases they may contract from humans.

General Statement of Policy

Individuals involved in animal care and use are given protection from health risks through the following mechanisms: (1) education and training, (2) isolation and containment of high risk activities, (3) evaluation of health status prior to exposure, (4) periodic health assessment, (5) provision of emergency health care, (6) administration of immunization or other prophylaxis for protection from specific risks, (7) exclusion of unauthorized persons from animal facilities, (8) exclusion of persons with active infectious diseases that are hazardous to fellow workers or to animals, (9) use of appropriate apparel, equipment, and facilities, (10) veterinary management of animal health, and (11) maintenance of records of illnesses, occupational diseases and injuries.

This policy requires confidentiality in the handling of medical information. Individuals required to undergo any medical examinations, treatment, or monitoring must be fully informed of the associated benefits and risks.

The services are to be provided at no cost to the individual. All activities related to this program are to be available during normal working hours.

Note that for personnel in contact with non-human primates, the participation in the Occupational Health Program is mandatory.


Education and Training

Persons working with animals or in animal facilities should be fully informed as to the nature of possible risks associated with proposed duties. It is the responsibility of each laboratory director to inform researchpersonnel of the specific risks involved and the applicable safety procedures. The University Animal Care Officer is responsible for providing instruction in safe methods of animal care and use.

Training in the principles of radiation and chemical safety is the responsibility of the Environmental Safety Office.

The Biohazards Committee is mandated to develop protocols for research activities involving biohazards.

The University Animal Care Committee is responsible for verifying that those conducting research with animals are duly qualified.


"Direct Contact" refers to those handling live animals, unpreserved tissues or body fluids, animal cages, cage accessories, animal waste or carcasses.

"Indirect Contact" refers to those who work in areas where animals are used or housed. These people are potentially exposed by means of accidental contact or aerosols.




Allergies... know more about it!
As much as 30% of people who handle animals develop allergies - don't be one of them. See our PDF icon Allergen Prevention SOP - March 2016

Our Animal Allergy poster.doc poster can be found in the animal facility where you work, if not, animalcare [at] mcgill.ca (email) and copies in French and English will be sent.

Animal Allergy Poster