| September 2018
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Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
presents: Safety in Research Updates
Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website
Health, Safety, & Environment (HSE) sponsors a variety of instructor-led
and online training course options and dates, available to review on
Caution When Using Dry Ice and/or Liquid
Investigators are reminded that both
liquid nitrogen and dry ice release gas that will generate pressure
in a closed container. Never seal either material in a container that
does not allow this gas to escape. Styrofoam boxes are acceptable for
dry ice because it allows the escape of the carbon dioxide gas. Airtight
containers are not acceptable.
The department of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) is here to help
guide you should you need assistance with using these materials, or
any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding training opportunities
and requirements sponsored by Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety
and Environment please visit:
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
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Check out the many
ways part of Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services' mission can
help us prevent the spread of communicable diseases:
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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