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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:
Use of Dry Ice and Liquid Nitrogen in Laboratories
Investigators are reminded that both liquid nitrogen and dry ice release
gas that will generate pressure (because both materials sublimate as
temperature increases instead of melting) in a closed container. Never
seal either liquid nitrogen or dry ice in a container that does not
allow the gas to escape. Styrofoam boxes are acceptable for dry ice
because they allow the escape of the carbon dioxide gas. Airtight containers
are not acceptable. Liquid nitrogen removed from a tank for use, or
transport, must be placed in an appropriate cryogenic storage Dewar,
which again must allow for the sublimating gas to release.
The department of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) is here to help
guide you should you need assistance with using these materials, or
any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding training opportunities and requirements
sponsored by Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment
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 email@example.com or
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