| April 2018
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Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
presents: Safety in Research Updates
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Don't Be an April Fool, Use Your Safety
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:
- To ensure that reasonable and proper precautions
and procedures are used and facilities free of hazards are available
for research activities involving biological agents.
- Prevent potential
threats to the safety of JH personnel from biological hazards.
- 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
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§ionid=1004
and select policy HSE500.
Johns Hopkins 2017-18
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require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or
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exception. If vaccinated
outside of Johns Hopkins, a proof of immunization must be provided
to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination.
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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:
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 email@example.com or
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