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Occup Med. 2001 Jan-Mar;16(1):163-82.

Health and safety concerns of zoo and aquarium workers and animal control officers.

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  • 1Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC 27699-1912, USA.


There are 183 zoos and aquariums accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and scores of smaller, nonaccredited zoos in the U.S. Thousands of individuals work at these zoos in many different roles. Likewise, most counties and many larger cities employ animal control officers and have animal shelters. The authors discuss the numerous hazards encountered by animal control officers as well as employees of zoo and aquarium facilities. Suggested protocols for ensuring a safe workplace are presented. However, a thorough industrial hygiene and safety inspection should be performed on a regular basis, as additional protocols may be needed periodically.

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