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January 2019

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.

New Year!! New Inspection Items!!

If you work or volunteer in a research laboratory setting at Johns Hopkins, your lab will undergo an annual safety inspection.

There are four particular items that will be addressed this year:

1. Chemical Waste Disposal. Anyone generating chemical waste in a lab must complete the online Chemical Waste Management training. The training course is accessible through the MyLearning site. Each lab generating chemical waste must have at least one designated Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) where waste chemicals are stored prior to disposal. HSE703

Satellite Accumulation Area reminders:

  • The SAA must be designated with a sign (sample provided on pg.3 of this document)
  • All chemical waste collection containers must be labeled with a hazardous waste tag. Contact HSE (5-5918) if you need additional waste tags.
  • Chemical waste containers must be kept in a secondary container (e.g. tub, bin)
  • Chemical collection containers must be closed when chemical waste is not actively being added.
  • Chemical waste must be collected in chemically compatible containers and stored with compatible chemicals.

2. Eyewash Inspection Logs. It is Johns Hopkins' policy that eyewash equipment be inspected weekly. During the inspection the eyewash should be checked for appropriate water flow. If the equipment is not operating properly, this must be reported to facilities ASAP. A log must be maintained to document the weekly inspections. WARNING: Some stand-alone eyewash and eyewash/shower combination units are not plumbed; and therefore, should not be tested by the lab. Facilities will test the stand-alone eyewash and eyewash/shower combination units on an annual basis. HSE037, OSHA 1910.151(c)

3. Biosafety Registrations. Principal Investigators must register the use or possession of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Infectious Agents/Pathogens, Biological Toxins, and Human Tissues/Cells with the Hopkins Biosafety Office. This requirement applies to all independent investigators; collaborators may not "piggy-back" on each other's registrations. Registration forms are available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/forms/forms.html. Existing Biosafety Registrations must be renewed annually or terminated. Please direct questions to Ms. Tylicia McRae or Dr. Weiying Pan at 410-955-5918.

4. Lab Exit/Decommission and Equipment Clearance. It is Hopkins policy (HSE809) that all laboratory space be left in a safe condition when vacated by the investigator, whether due to renovation, transfer to another lab on campus, or departure from Johns Hopkins. The lab exit/decommission process includes an initial review by HSE to identify any safety issues that need to be addressed by the investigator, and a final inspection/clearance to ensure all issues have been properly managed. Department administration is responsible for fulfilling the obligations of the policy if they are not completed by the investigator. A useful checklist for investigators departing Johns Hopkins is available at: https://research.jhu.edu/jhura/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/11/Departing-investigator-checklist-11082018.pdf

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?_=0.0737406630895
and https://hpo.johnshopkins.edu/hse/policies/156/11010/policy_11010.pdf?_=0.375480923665.

To find a policy: HSE Policies

Don't forget the following items… we will continue to look for these items from years past during the annual inspection:

  1. Food and drink are prohibited in lab areas. HSE803, BMBL, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.141
  2. Please ensure the Laboratory Caution Signage is up-to-date with emergency contact information, including names and off hour phone numbers (cell or home) of two individuals familiar with the lab operations. HSE803

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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