Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
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Summer is Here!
Let's Learn A Safety Cheer!!
No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
No Ice Pops! No Flip Flops!
Summer is a favorite time of year for many.
The countless fashion options from shorts, skirts, skorts, rompers,
and even romphims, only add to the excitement and comfort of the season.
That said, the lab is not the place to make our personal fashion statements.
Safety must be everyone's priority, not just a preference. Thankfully,
Johns Hopkins Institutions' buildings are temperature-controlled to
accommodate whatever weather comes our way. We do not have to compromise
safety in order to stay comfortable at work. We know what you are thinking:
"But what about the commute to and from work
and in between
buildings in the middle of a heatwave?" Dress-code permitting,
you may choose to wear loose-fit comfortable summer attire to work or
class, but you must have a plan for when you enter any laboratory setting-whether
you are a student, staff conducting an experiment, or just visiting
a colleague. Johns Hopkins Policy on Proper Attire for Individuals in
Laboratories specifies that shorts, miniskirts, or any apparel that
does not cover the skin above the knee when not seated shall NOT be
worn in the laboratory without appropriate over protection. This means
that you should either wear personal protective equipment (PPE) over
your summer ensemble OR you can bring/keep laboratory appropriate attire
(long pants and shirt) on site to change into before entering the lab.
Loose-fit clothing must be secured in an appropriate manner. The length
of all apparel worn should protect skin to minimize the potential for
exposure to a splash or spill. Johns Hopkins policy also prohibits open-toed
shoes, sandals, or shoes made of loosely woven material in the lab.
This last statement is definitely discouraging if you are a flip-flop
fanatic; but remember, you can bring or keep a pair a sturdy closed-toed
shoes with you to change into before entering the laboratory setting.
It is important to be comfortable at our
places of work, but we should not confuse the laboratory setting with
a breakroom. Food and drink are prohibited in laboratory spaces. Every
refrigerator, freezer, or cooler used for research, laboratory, or clinical
samples must be labeled "No Food or Drink" and adherence to
that label enforced at all times. So, like the rhyme says "No Ice
Pops! No Flip Flops! Summer is here, but keep it safe. No Ice Pops!
No Flip Flops! It's not the beach, it's a safe workplace!"
The staff of Health, Safety, and Environment
(HSE) are here to help guide you should you need assistance with complying
with these or any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding the policies
on "Proper Attire For Individuals in Laboratories" and "Laboratory
Refrigerators, Freezers, and Coolers" from Johns Hopkins' department
of Health Safety and Environment please visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html
and select policy HSE801 or HSE 804.
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health
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:
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 email@example.com or