Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website at http://www.hopkinsbiosafety.org
Hooray!! It's May...Throw the Gloves Away!
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
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.
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Have you had a Hepatitis
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or