| December 2018
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Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
presents: Safety in Research Updates
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HOLIDAY CHEER!! LABS TO CLEAR!!
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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