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May 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.

Hooray!! It's May...Throw the Gloves Away!
Now don't get too alarmed…we don't mean put all your gloves in the trash! But, we do mean that any used gloves and other soiled disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) should be doffed (a fun word for removed) and properly discarded whenever you leave your lab…even when you are transporting research samples. Please note we did not say, "remove your gloves and other soiled personal protective equipment when you are finished with your experiment or leaving the lab for the day." We mean, you must remove your gloves whenever you leave the threshold of your lab's door. Gloves are not permitted in the hallways, elevators, or transport routes…even in research buildings. You may be asking, "If I can't wear gloves, how am I supposed to get my research sample to my colleague on a different floor, to the scope room, or to collaborator down the hall?" The answer to that question is: contain it.

Think about it, many of us researchers use shipping companies to procure or export our samples. Have you ever seen DHL, FedEx, or the UPS delivery person sporting nitrile gloves? Probably not. These agents are not required to wear PPE because the shipper is responsible for ensuring that the material is packaged in such a way that a layperson should be able to transport the parcel without safety concerns for his/her person. Similarly, you should package your samples in leakproof, immobilizing (so it doesn't get jostled) secondary containment that allows you to carry it through the hallway, appropriate elevators, etc. (where you are bound to encounter non-lab personnel) without the risk of putting anyone in harm's way, chancing a spill, and minimizing feelings of discomfort. The Department of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) has a policy entitled "Proper Attire For Individuals in Laboratories," which spells out the "No Gloves Outside of the Lab" requirement. Lucky for you, HSE is also staffed with Research Safety Specialists, and a host of other Safety Professionals, who can help guide you along, should you need further assistance in complying to this policy.

For more information regarding the policy on "Proper Attire For Individuals in Laboratories" from Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html and select policy HSE801.

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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May 2018 articles:
OHSR & IRB Meet and Greet Open House
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
The Hartwell Foundation 2018 Individual Biomedical Research
William T. Grant Scholars Program
WW Smith Charitable Trust Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS Research Grants
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Helpful Guides on ORA Website
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 May, June and July

May Events at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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