| October 2018
|BIOSAFETY - Back
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
October is National Biosafety Month!
Now is a good time to review your safety protocols and procedures!
Everyone in a lab should know how to safely handle and dispose of their
biological materials, and what to do in case of a spill or an exposure.
Get Proper Training Before Working
Never work without proper training! If you are new to the lab, be sure
to fulfill all required one-time and annual refresher trainings. If
you are not new to the lab, but know someone who is, be a good colleague
and pass the training requirements and opportunities along. In addition
to completing your laboratory-specific trainings, courses such as Laboratory
Safety Training, Biosafety Training, Fire Prevention Training, Hazardous
Communications, Shipping and Transport, Bloodborne Pathogens, and many
other research-specific trainings are facilitated to help protect everyone-both
those working in and around research spaces.
The Department of Health, Safety and Environment
(HSE) provides both online web-based and instructor-led training (ILT)
courses to Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. Both
Federal and State regulatory requirements and Johns Hopkins policies
require employees and staff to receive certain safety training and stay
informed about potential health and safety risks or hazards in the workplace.
All HSE course registrations and enrollments are available at Johns
Hopkins myJHU portal website.
Report all Incidents or Injuries
It is imperative that all incidents or injuries be properly reported
and documented when they take place at Johns Hopkins. Even if your first
reaction is that the result of an incident is "just a scratch"
or that tripping or falling at work "is no big deal," it is
best to be cautious and allow properly trained personnel to make a thorough
assessment on your behalf.
If you have questions regarding Safety Training requirements and Incident
and Injury Reporting please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSEInfo@jhmi.edu).
For more information regarding the appropriate Safety Policy pertaining
to Incident and Injury Reporting:
For more information regarding Training Courses offered sponsored by
Health, Safety, and Environment: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/training/
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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