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Local Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Biosafety Plan – Zoonotic

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Last updated: January 9, 2018
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The Stanford University Local Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Plan – Zoonotic (Local ATD – Zoonotic) supplements the Stanford University Institutional Aerosol Transmissible Disease Program for employees with exposure to animals. The Local ATD – Zoonotic explains how to remove or reduce exposure to materials containing pathogens that may spread through aerosols and can cause serious disease. The Local ATD – Zoonotic details health and safety issues of jobs and procedures used by personnel, and provides Tier III training for these topics.

The ATD Standard requires that engineering and work practice controls limit exposure to aerosols, and that, when necessary, personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirators are provided. The Local ATD – Zoonotic includes a written Biosafety Plan (BSP), which should be carried out and reviewed annually.

Research: The Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB) manages issues covered in the California OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard. An approved APB protocol covers researchers with potential exposure to zoonotic diseases (ABSL-2 or above). The completed plan includes the Local ATD – Zoonotic document and the approved APB protocol(s). File the plan where all personnel and inspection authorities can easily access it.

Field studies: For work with wildlife with risk of zoonotic aerosol-transmissible pathogens, such as:

  • The capture, sample, transport, or disposal of wild birds or other wildlife for research purposes
  • Disposal of wildlife remains or waste

The Local ATD – Zoonotic includes how to set up, carry out, and maintain effective procedures to avoid exposure to zoonotic aerosol-transmissible pathogens. Once complete, keep it accessible to personnel and regulators, along with updates and training records.

To set up a Local ATD – Zoonotic plan, follow these steps:

  1. Download a copy of the Local ATD-Zoonotic plan, and Appendix A, B, and C.
  2. Complete and review the plan. Use the information and training materials provided, and review with applicable employees. Record training on document provided.
  3. Review the plan annually or when changes are made (new personnel, procedures, etc).
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