There is still a lot of uncertainty about what we need to do to control exposure to laboratory animal allergen (LAA) following the recent update of the HSE guidance.
There has been much discussion about FFP2 vs FFP3 masks and also enforcement action here at UCL following a report of occupational asthma.
Following a proposal developed by UCL and Manchester, USHA has agreed to set up a new project group with the aim of developing practical guidance to assist in selection of the most appropriate measures to control exposure to LAA.
The group will be chaired by Jillian Deans from UCL. The Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR) has already agreed to be a partner and we hope to include representatives from the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA), the pharmaceutical sector as well as the regulators.
The guidance would supplement, not repeat or replace the HSE guidance and take the form (mainly) of case studies and good practice approaches.
We hope to launch the guidance at an event towards the end of 2014/beginning of 2015.