Laboratory animal allergens

Animal allergens are considered a hazardous substance and long-term exposure can cause ill-health effects. Exposure to animal allergens occurs when people are exposed to urine, fur, hair, dander, saliva, droppings and serum sources.

Under the COSHH regulations, employers must prevent, or if this is not reasonably practicable, adequately control the exposure of employees to hazardous substances, including animal allergens.

Control measures must be in place for animal technicians, scientific staff, students, cleaning, maintenance staff, and lab visitors.

Typical symptoms include rhinitis, conjunctivitis and skin rashes. The condition may not only affect a person's health but their ability to continue working within an animal laboratory environment.

How our experts can help:

  • Allergen exposure monitoring to assess the concentration of allergens within the animal facility and to assess current levels of control.
  • Task-based exposure monitoring, e.g. cage cleaning, filter changes, animal handling.
  • Airflow measurements to calculate the number of air changes within rooms.
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) thorough examination and testing.
  • Face fit testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment.
  • Assistance with risk assessment requirements.
  • Auditing assessments and safe systems of work.
Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Dr Ioannis Basinas Senior Scientist

Ioannis is a senior scientist within the Exposure Science section of our Research Division. His research interests focus on the establishment and application of improved methods for quantitative exposure assessment based on statistical and mathematical modelling approaches. Ioannis has substantial experience in the assessment of exposure to organic dusts and the related health risks. Previously he was responsible for one of the largest exposure assessment studies on personal bio-aerosol exposures of farmers ever accomplished. He has also been involved in several studies aiming to guide and optimize exposure control strategies for bio-aerosol exposures in farm workplaces, and extensively worked towards the assessment of the burden of historical exposures to organic dusts. Currently he is involved in several projects related to the assessment of exposure to engineered nanomaterials, organic dusts, and the evaluation of Tier 1 models used under REACH. Ioannis won the Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize in 2018.


Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Dr Karen Galea Head of Exposure Science

Karen is Head of the Exposure Science Section of our Research Division. She is actively involved in a wide variety of research projects, mainly focused on exposure assessment relating to health risks. Her work has included the characterisation of aerosols during offshore drilling operations and primary nickel production; a guide to safe handling and disposal of engineered nanoparticles; a case-control study of cancer among current and former Semiconductor employees; an assessment of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in the home and working environment; and pesticide biomonitoring in residents living near agricultural land.

Prof Damien McElvenny Principal Epidemiologist

Damien is a principal epidemiologist who has worked in the Statistics and Toxicology Section of Research Division since 2011. He is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Central Lancashire, an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has over 30 years' experience working in a variety roles relating to the statistical analysis of health data in the public and private sector. Damien was chair of the Local Organising Committee for the EPICOH 2017 conference, the premier international conference on epidemiology in occupational health, which was held in Edinburgh.

EVENTS
02 April
2019

7th Occupational & Environmental Exposure Science Meeting

  • 02 April 2019
  • 10:00
  • NEC Birmingham

The 7th Occupational & Environmental Exposure Science Meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

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