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March 2018

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

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

Sponsored Training Opportunities
Health, Safety, & Environment (HSE) sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates, available to review on the HSE website.

Don't Press your Luck and get Stuck!
Incident-free is the way to be, but let's face it, stuff happens. So, don't press your luck and get stuck by improperly handling sharps in the lab or clinical setting. It is imperative that all members of the Johns Hopkins Institutions (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) adhere to the appropriate Guidelines for Safe Handling of Sharps.

Sharps are any material that can puncture or cut human skin (such as syringes with needles, needles alone, small glass objects, Pasteur pipettes, and razor blades). ALL sharps must be discarded into an approved sharps container. Needles and other sharps are never to be discarded directly into a red bag, red bag-lined biohazard box, or into other waste streams.

All needles and sharps must be discarded directly into approved sharps containers. Containers for the disposal of sharps shall be limited to those approved by the Joint Committee for Health, Safety, and Environment. All sharps containers must be appropriately sealed prior to disposal to prevent spillage.

Guidelines for the safe handling of sharps:

  1. Sharps are never to be discarded directly into the regular trash.
  2. Needles are not to be clipped or bent.
  3. Needles are not to be recapped by a "two-handed method".
  4. The user shall be responsible for proper sharps disposal. Sharps shall not be left on furniture, equipment, or counter tops.
  5. Sharps should never be carried in pockets. Needles used at a distance from a disposal container shall be transported safely to the disposal area by using a puncture-resistant basin, or similar container.
  6. Disposal containers shall not be overfilled. Filled containers shall be properly sealed and disposed of in receptacles lined with a red bag.
  7. Sharps disposal containers are puncture resistant, NOT puncture proof. Filled containers are to be handled with caution' sharps may penetrate under certain conditions.

For more information regarding the policy on Laboratory Waste Disposal and Sharps Safety from the department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse

Johns Hopkins 2017-18 Flu Campaign

Have you gotten your flu shot yet this season? It is not too late to vaccinate! Check out the following information to help you become compliant with the required vaccinations.

East Baltimore / Bayview Campus Locations| Homewood Campus & Other Sites | JHOP Pharmacies | Qualified Exceptions | Vaccine Received Elsewhere | Policy | Online Departmental Influenza Report

The Johns Hopkins Institutions require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved qualified exception. If vaccinated outside of Johns Hopkins, a proof of immunization must be provided to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination.

Have questions about the mandatory flu vaccination policy? Read these FAQs

Have you had a Hepatitis B Vaccine?
Are you updated on your immunizations?
Check out the many ways part of Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services' mission can help us prevent the spread of communicable diseases: Preventive Medicine.

For more information regarding the resources available through the Occupational Health arm of the department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/occupational_health/index.html

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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March 2018 articles:
Training Sessions: Relying on an External IRB (JHM IRB)
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Johns Hopkins Catalyst and Discovery Awards
Foundation for the NIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists
NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program
NIH High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) Program
Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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