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July 2016
BIOSAFETY - Back

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates

Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website at http://www.hopkinsbiosafety.org

Sponsored Training Opportunities:
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates. Visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/training/#Instructor for details.

The 12 P's Applied to Safety…What's the worst thing that could happen?
Many people hear of the 12 Ps mantra in college; quite possibly through pledging a Greek-letter organization. While reminiscing extracurricular activities of the collegiate experience may not naturally emanate the thoughts "be safe" in one's mind; the 12 Ps are easily applied to not only safety but numerous areas of life. There are several variations of 12 Ps floating around, but the premise for them all is identical…PLAN. 12 Ps = Pretty Poor Preparation Promotes Pretty Poor Performance, Pretty Poor Performance Promotes Problems... In other words, "failure to properly plan for any event, task, or situation, typically yields unpleasant results." Apply the 12 Ps to safety by planning for how to address emergencies in and outside of your laboratories. An effective manner to prepare for an emergency scenario in the laboratory is to:

1st — identify a potential emergency,
2nd decide how your lab should respond to the situation, and
3rd
practice exercising your response correctly.

Regular drills and exercises are essential to optimal performance.

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:
The United States Government's Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) went into effect on September 24, 2015. DURC is defined by the federal government as:

"life research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security."

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 biosafety@jhu.edu or ire@jhu.edu.


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July 2016 articles:
JHM Policy Governing Use of Human Biospecimens to Derive Immortalized or Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
JHM HSR Recertification Training
 
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Lupus Research Institute - Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Awards in Lupus and Autoimmunity
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
BrightFocus Foundation Macular Degeneration Research Program
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award
Armenise-Harvard Career Development Award (CDA)
Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016
Searle Scholars Program
Otolaryngology Head & Neck Cancer SPORE - Developmental Research Program Pilot Project Solicitation
Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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