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December 2018

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates

Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website.

Sponsored Training Opportunities
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates, available to review on the HSE website.

Were you caught on the nice list this year? Have you been granted new space and will be relocating or expanding your old lab space? If part of your Holiday "To Do" List includes clearing out the old equipment in your lab and gifting yourself with new lab equipment, please make sure you follow the proper steps before moving any old equipment or to a new lab. If you are moving, need to have any equipment serviced, or want to get rid of old unwanted laboratory equipment, Health, Safety, and Environment is here to help you do it the right way!

It is the policy of Johns Hopkins that all laboratory and investigator-occupied building space be left in a safe condition when vacated by the investigator. Vacating a laboratory may occur due to renovation, transfer to another laboratory on campus, or departure of the investigator from Johns Hopkins. To ensure compliance with environmental safety standards, laboratory and investigator-occupied space MUST be inspected by Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) staff before the space is vacated to identify any potential biological, chemical, and/or radiological safety issues that need to be addressed by the investigator prior to departure. HSE staff will then perform a final inspection to ensure all issues have been properly managed and will post a clearance, if appropriate, or a request for additional lab clean-out efforts if outstanding issues are noted.

Department administration is responsible for fulfilling the obligations of this policy if they are not completed by the investigator.

Equipment that is destined to be transferred to another user or entity, or for disposal as trash, must be emptied of all materials including, but not limited to chemicals, radiologicals, and/or biological entities. All materials must be retained in current laboratory inventories or disposed of in a safe manner according to Johns Hopkins policies.

Johns Hopkins' HSE Policies 809 and 810 serve as excellent guidelines for the steps and departments involved in the proper decommissioning of laboratory space and clearance and disposal of laboratory equipment. For further information on the requirement of required clearances, check out the links below and/or contact HSE at 410-955-5918 for advice.

For more information regarding the appropriate Laboratory Exit/Decommission and Clearance Policy as well as the Laboratory Equipment Clearance Policy view the full policies at: https://hpo.johnshopkins.edu/hse/policies/156/11009/policy_11009.pdf?_=0.902432162869
and https://hpo.johnshopkins.edu/hse/policies/156/11010/policy_11010.pdf?_=0.233212187866

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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December 2018 articles:
Clinical Research Annual Reports
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
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 Clinical Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
New Institutional Letter of Support Required for Institutional Training Grant Applications
Notice to the Johns Hopkins Community Regarding the National Science Foundation Grant Reporting Requirement for Harassment Findings and Actions
Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
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

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for December, January and February

December at the Genetic Resources Core Facility


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