|Document Title||Carcass Handling Procedures|
|Office/Unit||Environmental Health & Safety|
Carcass Handling Procedures
Employees that remove animal carcasses from the buildings and grounds of campus must be aware of the possible dangers that come with the handling and disposal of such animals. They need to protect themselves and others against the spread of infectious agents such as Rabies, Lyme Disease, etc. that may be present on the carcass. Failure to work safely could result in the spread of disease to faculty, staff or students, and even the wildlife population.
While there are any number of diseases that come from animals, focus is primarily on the following:
Handling Procedures/Safe Work Practices
Carcass and Material Disposal
Disinfection of Self
Decontamination of Equipment
When to Report to Outside Agencies
It may be necessary to contact outside agencies when:
All employees who are assigned the tasks of handling and disposal should be trained on these procedures periodically. Training will be given within 30 days of hire and every 3 years thereafter.
Improper handling and disposal of carcasses and failure to clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment, including vehicles, could spread disease to people and wildlife at-large. If employees follow safe work practices by wearing PPE, use appropriate equipment, maintain good personal hygiene and exercise good judgement, they will greatly reduce the risk of obtaining illness or disease. Don’t forget to report all injuries to your supervisor.