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April 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 Be an April Fool, Use Your Safety Tools!
Whomever said you could just share their supplies of biological agents must have been kidding…and even if they weren't, don't let yourself be played for a fool. Know your safety tools and follow the Biosafety Rules. When in doubt, don't "just figure it out!" Call the department of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and get help from the experts about how to set up your lab, maintain compliance with required procedures, and so much more.

Biosafety at Johns Hopkins (JH) is overseen and reviewed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The goals of the IBC are:

  1. To ensure that reasonable and proper precautions and procedures are used and facilities free of hazards are available for research activities involving biological agents.
  2. Prevent potential threats to the safety of JH personnel from biological hazards.
  3. Assist and advise JH Principal Investigators and research personnel to become knowledgeable about and comply with appropriate international, federal, state, and local biosafety regulations or guidelines associated with research.

The IBC operates in close association with Biological Safety Officer (BSO) and his or her staff with regard to compliance with federal, state, and local biosafety regulations.

In order for the IBC and the division of Biological Safety to serve as helpful resources in your research efforts, it is imperative that you work closely with your Laboratory Director/ Principal Investigator to ensure that all applicable biological materials are registered with the IBC.

a. Principal Investigators must register the use or possession of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Infectious Agents/Pathogens, Biological Toxins, and Human Tissues on the Homewood, East Baltimore, Bayview, and Montgomery County campuses with the Biosafety Office of the Johns Hopkins Institutions. Investigators are responsible for registering the above-listed research material and describing the protocols in which they will be used. This rule applies to all independent investigators. Collaborators may not "piggy-back" on each other's registrations. Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research associates are covered by the registrations of their Principal Investigator. The Principal Investigator is ultimately responsible for the registration, training, and safe handling of research materials used by their personnel.
b. Registration and IBC approval must occur prior to the use or possession of these materials. Registration forms may be found at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/forms/forms.html.
c. Registrations are approved for a one-year term. Registrations may be renewed by completion and return of the registration update form, which is sent to the investigator by the Biosafety Office prior to the registration expiration date.
d. Registrations are necessary for IACUC approval. Investigators must hold current registrations for Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Infectious Agents/Pathogens, Biological Toxins and/or Human Tissue if their projects involve the use of these materials in animals.

For more information regarding the policy on Institutional Biosafety Committee objectives and requirements from the department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://hpo.johnshopkins.edu/hse/?event=section&sectionid=1004 and select policy HSE500.

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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April 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
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Innovators in Science Award
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholars 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

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for April, May and June

April Events at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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