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Occupational Health


A animal allergy (AA) is an allergic response that can develop as a result of exposure to animal or insect allergens. Approximately a third of people exposed to animals may experience exposure related symptoms.

All staff working with animals and insects are at risk of developing an exposure related allergy even when there is no history of a previous problem. A personal history of allergy to common environmental allergens and exposure to animals increases the risk of developing an allergy.

The leaflet Allergy to Animals gives detailed information on prevention and guidance on what do to should symptoms occur.  The most important thing is not to ignore symptoms but report these to the relevant supervisor and OH as soon as they occur so that they can be properly investigated and appropriate advice given. Further information on reducing the risk of animal allergy can be found here

Information to check that any face mask worn fits properly can be found here.

Health surveillance

In accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 Regulations (COSHH) and the University's Policy on Animal Allergy - including that to Laboratory Animals - all staff and students working with animals or insects must register with OH prior to or on commencement of their work. Periodic health monitoring will continue during work exposure and any possible animal allergy symptoms will be fully investigated by the OH.