CITI Training & OHSS for Non-Affiliates, Volunteers, and Others

This includes individuals who are listed on an animal care and use protocol or work with live, vertebrate animals used in research or teaching and who are not UC Santa Cruz staff, faculty, or students.

The principal investigator has the option of having the non-affiliates pass CITI training and clear OHSS, or the principal investigator must affirm that non-affiliates have completed animal care and use training and an occupational health and safety assessment at the individual's home institution by checking a box in the non-affiliated personnel certification column in section A.3. of UCSC IACUC protocol application and amendment forms.

The principal investigator or facility manager will provide each individual with information pertinent to the species/protocol on which they are working and document the information has been provided. The IACUC Information for Students, Non-Affiliates, and Volunteers document contains much of the generic information, but PIs are encouraged to work with EH&S ( to provide additional information relevant to the project.

The information will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The availability of and the option to request medical evaluations from Occupational Health​
  • General Information: Potential Hazards, (zoonoses, allergies, and injuries). Universal Precautions and Personal Hygiene.​
  • Other potential health and safety hazards​
  • The link to the Hazard Analysis Tool
  • Advice to contact their personal health care provider for consultation if they have concerns based on the medical evaluation provided by Occupational Health. Persons who are pregnant, immunocompromised, diabetic, or have a history of allergies or other significant medical conditions should contact their personal health care provider for a consultation prior to working with animals.​
  • Workplace exposures must be reported and treated at Occupational Health Services.