Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
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New Year!! New
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:
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:
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
Don't forget the following items
we will continue to look for these items from years past during the
Dual Use Research
of Concern (DURC) policies:
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