| September 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.
Back to School,
As vacation season comes to a close, we are excited about getting back
to classes and research efforts. While we work diligently to get experiments
underway; don't forget to train and refresh laboratory personnel on
techniques, standard operating procedures, proper spill clean-up, and
injury/incident reporting with intentional emphasis on safety.
Caution When Using Dry Ice and/or Liquid Nitrogen
Investigators are reminded that both liquid nitrogen and dry ice release
gas that will generate pressure in a closed container. Never seal either
material in a container that does not allow this gas to escape. Styrofoam
boxes are acceptable for dry ice because they allow the escape of the
carbon dioxide gas. Air tight containers are not acceptable.
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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