OI Policies

OI Policies


Bullet List Animal Welfare Act Policy
Bullet List Dive Safety Policy
Bullet List Safety Policy
Bullet List Germplasm Dissemination Policy

Privacy Policy

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Animal Welfare Act Policy

Scientists, Universities, and Institutions conducting research with animals, fall under the Animal Welfare Act (Public Law 89-544-1996) and subsequent amendments including Public Law 99-158-1985. Complete copies of the Act, Amendments and Regulations are available from the Executive Assistant, Office of the President. The stated objective of these acts, amendments, and regulations is "to minimize the pain and discomfort of animals used in biological research".

Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) the IACUC committee shall consist of a minimum of three members, a veterinary representative, an institutional member and a non-institutional member not directly connected with the activities of the institution. The OI-IACUC committee consists of five members:

Dr. Chad Callan           Research Scientist and Chairperson, IACUC

Dr. Beth Doescher        Veterinary representative

Jeff Pawloski               Non-OI Representative

Lindon Hansink           OI Staff member whose primary concerns are in a non-scientific area          


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
The IACUC committee meets every six months and in addition reviews any research activity where pain or suffering is considered a possibility. The committee also conducts physical inspection of the various facilities where animals are housed: A requirement of these regulations is to conduct a biannual (preferred) or an annual (minimum) physical inspection of the facilities used to house and maintain animals. Additionally, when complaints or concerns are received, the IACUC is required to conduct additional spot inspections.


Dive Safety Policy

Most of the research conducted by the Fisheries and Environmental Sciences Department requires underwater measurement and observation by trained scientists.

These scientific divers conduct their SCUBA diving activities under guidelines established by the OI Dive Safety Board, and administered by the Dive Safety Officer. Scientific diving guidelines follow those established by the American Association of Underwater Scientists, of which OI is a member.

Scientific diving programs allow research diving teams to operate under the exemption from OSHA commercial diving regulations. AAUS Member Organizations help protect themselves from possible fines and civil suits by their confirmed commitment to meeting AAUS requirements and adherence to a set of standards recognized as the "standard of practice" within the scientific diving community.

Following a consensual set of standards enables AAUS member organizations to enjoy reciprocity when collaborating on research projects with other AAUS member organizations. This reciprocity is the product of years of experience, trust and cooperation between underwater scientists.


Safety Policy

In recognition of our responsibility for safety and well being of every employee, intern, volunteer and docent, the OI ensures that safety will not be compromised and will be treated with equal emphasis as research, and production concerns. OI has policies, procedures and practices to insure safety and health of all individuals mentioned above. A brief guide to the safety programs and procedures are outlined in the "Oceanic Institute Safety Program Manual". The OI also has guidelines on chemical safety for the safe use and disposal of chemicals according to Federal and State guidelines. Safety and chemical safety programs are implemented by a safety committee consisting of a representative from each program and a chemical safety officer who is also a part of the committee. This committee meets every month to review all aspects of safety compliance to recommend and publish any additional safety policies and procedures.