| June 2019
|BIOSAFETY - Back
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
presents: Safety in Research Updates
Visit the Health,
Safety, & Environment website.
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course
options and dates, available to review on the HSE
Training and Restricted Visitors!
School may be out for summer, but safety practices, procedures, and
policies are here to stay. If some of your summer days will be spent
on a Johns Hopkins Institutions campus working, studying, or volunteering
in a laboratory setting-make sure you are up to date on your required
training and surveillance. Stay safe by asking yourself, laboratory
members, and director some questions to ensure that you are compliant,
updated, and most of all working safely:
- Have you renewed your Bloodborne Pathogen
- Have you completed proper hands-on training
before being assigned independent duties in the laboratory?
- Is respiratory protection worn while
completing some of your tasks? If so, have you completed the annual
respiratory protection training requirement?
- Do you work with animals?
- Have you enrolled in the Animal Exposure
Surveillance Program? If so, have you completed your annual renewal?
Did you confirm that you were listed as approved personnel on the
protocol before beginning work with animals?
- Are you up to date on all vaccinations
that correlate with your work duties?
So many questions...
but we must always make time for safety.
If you are unsure of
where you stand with trainings and requirements, please
reach out to the staff of Health, Safety, and Environment, so that we
can guide you through requirements as well as offer any other relevant
Restriction of Visitors
For some of us, school being out for summer means that our children
will also need a safe place to be while we are at work or in class.
The laboratory and other restricted areas must not be considered an
option. Visitors under 18 years of age; unless considered a patient,
staff member, or student; are not permitted in areas housing potentially
hazardous materials or machinery, except with express written consent
of the department chairperson. Individuals under 18 years of age are
not permitted into any area with restrictive warning signs, such as
"Authorized Personnel Only", "Restrictive Area-Admittance
to Laboratory Personnel Only" and other restrictive warnings unless
pre-approved by the department chairperson.
The staff of Health, Safety, and Environment
(HSE) are here to help guide you should you need assistance with complying
to these or any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding the policies
on " Laboratory Safety Training" and "Access to Restricted
Areas" from Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment
and select policy HSE025 or
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health
Have you had a Hepatitis B Vaccine? Are you updated on your immunizations?
Check out the many ways part of Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services'
mission can help us prevent the spread of communicable diseases: Preventive
For more information regarding the resources
available through the Occupational Health arm of the department of Health
Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/occupational_health/index.html.
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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