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July 2017

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.

Banish Bulky Biohazard Boxes!!
Be courteous of our colleagues in custodial services. Heavy biohazard boxes and waste containers are fast becoming a leading cause of injuries. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), including back injuries, account for a little more than one out of every three work-related injuries in the United States. Let's do our part at Johns Hopkins to avoid contributing to heavy containers and waste receptacles that require manual lifting for appropriate disposal. While efforts are made to keep custodial workers aware of the proper techniques for lifting waste, decreasing the maximum weights that we allow in these containers helps reduce the frequency and severity of lift-related injuries.

Lifting Guidelines (Weight) For A Single Individual

Sex/Age No Restriction? Training Required? Lifting Aids Required? Not Recommended

Male <50
0-40 lbs. 41-60 lbs. 61- 130 lbs.
>130 lbs.
Male =>50 0-30 lbs. 31-50 lbs. 51-105 lbs.
>105 lbs.
Female* <50 0-25 lbs. 26-40 lbs. 41-80 lbs. >80 lbs.
Female* =>50 0-20 lbs. 21-30 lbs. 31-60 lbs. >60 lbs.

* females who are pregnant should not lift more than 25 lbs.

As a standard guideline strive to keep each container for waste collection to weighing less than 25 lbs. If the container weighs more than the average 1 year old toddler, it's probably too heavy.

For more information regarding the appropriate Safety Policy pertaining to Lifting Guidelines (Weight) for a Single Individual, review our policy online.

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 2017 articles:
Training Sessions: Preparing for NIH's Single IRB Review Requirement
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
New Fee Schedule for Commercially Funded Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
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
NIH Directors' Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Searle Scholar Fund - Searle Scholars Program
Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)
AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine
Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center Funding
Under Armour Women's Health & Breast Cancer Innovation Grant
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for July, August and September

July Events at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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