1. We had a lot of scrapping and painting in our facilities and never had a problem. On the scrapping part there are sanders etc that have bag filters they create suction and get most of the dust in to the bag. You may also want to cover the immediate work area with plastic. You can get rolls of plastic that are big enough to cover rack and sump all in one piece. With paints make sure you use one with the lowest VOC's (volatile organic compounds) for an extra precaution you could also look at venting the lab fan etc while the paint dries.
2. For the singly housed fish their are several options such as put a time limit on the duration, regularly spawned and housed next other fish tanks as you mentioned. For AAALAC though I would provide one enrichment such as live feed (artemia) or plants. Plastic plants would be very troublesome in several regards but artemia are relatively simple. Live feed would allow the fish to hunt/track down prey items and should be a suitable enhancement. At least I hope so we have our AAALAC visit later this year.
Good luck, Dave
David G White
HSB Zebrafish Labs
University of Washington
Department of Biological Structure
HSB G520 Box 357420
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7420
On Mon, 9 Feb 2015, Burdine, Rebecca D. wrote:
>> (Also posted on Linked In – so forgive any duplications)
>>>> We are getting ready for AAALAC inspection and I have two issues:
>>>> 1. Our animal care team wants to do some scraping, prepping and painting of wall areas in our facility. IN the past I have asked them not to because I am concerned about fumes from
> the paint. What do people do when painting needs to take place in their facility? Am I being too cautious? Are there precautions to take?
>>>> 2. We had a mock inspection to help us identify any issues that might come up with AAALAC. Our inspector was concerned about the fact we house fish singly in 1L tanks. I pointed out
> that they can see the fish next to them and will “school” with fish in the nearby tanks. Plus the fish aren’t stressed as they produce embryos. But I am wondering if others are dealing
> with this issue? Should we add plastic plants to the tanks for enrichment? Are there publications or standard about this we can point to?
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