Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
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The 12 P's Applied to Safety
the worst thing that could happen?
Regular drills and exercises are essential to
Your next laboratory meeting is a great time to
ask members of your lab to brainstorm a potential emergency event. The
event could be a fire, large material spill, electrical outage, shooter,
etc. Host a "what's the worst thing that could happen in the lab
and how do we prepare for it?" session. Pick one event to plan
for after each meeting and work out a realistic response plan involving
members of the laboratory. Hopefully, your lab never has to use its
emergency plan. However, if you do have to use your plan -with enough
preparation--your response will be premeditated and practiced, instead
of panicked and problematic. Applying the 12 Ps to lab safety
is applying the 12 Ps to life.
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies:
In the federal policy's current form, there are
15 agents (microbial entities and toxins) that fall under institutional
DURC oversight. The current list of 15 agents as well as a list of 7
categories of experiments or experimental effects that would constitute
DURC may be found at this website: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/ire/regulations.html.
Questions regarding DURC should be directed to the Biosafety Office
at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.