| December 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.
Required Laboratory Equipment Clearance
All laboratory equipment, research and clinical, must be cleaned of
potential chemical, radiological, and/or biological hazards prior to
maintenance, relocation on campus, or removal from Johns Hopkins premises.
This may occur due to scheduled or emergency service of the equipment,
transfer of the equipment to another laboratory space on campus, departure
of an investigator from Johns Hopkins, or terminal disposal of equipment
no longer functional or desired by the investigator or laboratory group.
To ensure compliance with environmental safety standards, equipment
must be inspected prior to maintenance, relocation, or disposal so that
any deficiencies in clean-up can be corrected by persons familiar with
the research or clinical materials that were used in or on the equipment.
We all have an obligation to cultivate a safe environment for all people
on our campuses. Working together, properly trained, and informed of
all applicable requirements are the best ways to achieve this goal.
Safety Training Courses
The Johns Hopkins Institutions strive to ensure the Hopkins community
is a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible place to work, study,
and live for faculty, staff, and students. Members of the Johns Hopkins
community must conduct operations in compliance with applicable federal,
state, and local registrations, and the Department of Health, Safety,
and Environment guidelines and standards. Both Federal and State regulatory
requirements and Johns Hopkins policies require employees and staff
to receive certain safety training and stay informed about potential
health and safety risks or hazards in the workplace. All Safety courses
registration and enrollments are available at Johns Hopkins myJHU portal
If you have questions
regarding requirements for Laboratory Equipment Clearances and/or
Safety Training please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSE) at
For more information regarding the various Johns
Hopkins Safety policies please visit the below link: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html
BioRAFT Chemical Registry
Principal Investigators, please remember to complete the initial lab
registration in BioRAFT. BioRAFT is an online, 24/7 accessible, software
package that is being deployed to serve as the chemical registry for
laboratory spaces located on the campuses of Johns Hopkins. Completion
of the lab registration in BioRAFT will be reviewed as part of the annual
departmental safety survey.
To access BioRAFT, please go to:
https://jhu.bioraft.com. After logging in using your JHED, the General
Setup Wizard will guide you through the lab set-up. We greatly appreciate
your assistance with this project.
Johns Hopkins 2019-20 Flu Campaign
Flu vaccine for Johns Hopkins employees is here! The inactivated influenza
vaccine (injectable) will be administered to Hopkins employees beginning
October 7th, 2019. (Please see locations & schedules below)
The Johns Hopkins Institutions require health
care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved
exception. If vaccinated
outside of Johns Hopkins, a proof of immunization must be provided
to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination.
Please review the
Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Policy (HSE048) for more
The Influenza vaccine will be administered to
Physicians, Faculty, Staff, Employees, Students and Volunteers by Occupational
Health Services as listed below.
Have questions about the mandatory flu vaccination
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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