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February 2020
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Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates

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Sponsored Training Opportunities
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.
(http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/training/#Instructor)

Use of Compressed Gas Cylinders
A compressed gas cylinder is any portable pressure vessel of 45.4 kg (100 lb.) water capacity or less designed to contain a gas or liquid that is authorized for use at gauge pressures over 276 kPa (40 psi) at 21° C (70° F) by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) or Transport Canada (T.C.).

Must be properly secured at all times: It is the policy of Johns Hopkins that all compressed gas cylinders, either in use or in storage (empty or full), be tightly secured by a strap, chain, non-tip base, or other approved means. When securing the compressed gas cylinders, six(6) cylinders are the maximum amount that can be secured by a single chain/strap securement. When in use, all cylinders must be equipped with an appropriate regulating device. Special storage requirement is based on the total volume of compressed gas in an area.

Must be properly stored regardless of contents volume: Partially full compressed gas cylinders containing residual gases shall be considered as full and are subject to the same controls and storage conditions.

Must be properly labeled: The color of a compressed gas cylinder is not an adequate identification of the contents of the cylinder. 1. The name of the gas must be on the cylinder (stencil or attached label) and this must be confirmed prior to using the gas. 2. Labels on compressed gas cylinders shall not be defaced, altered, or removed.
There are various types of compressed gas cylinders (flammable, non-flammable, oxidizing, calibrating, cryogenic liquids, etc.). It is important that we are all aware of the potential hazards associated with using compressed gas cylinders before we begin working with them.

If you have questions regarding requirements for Using Compressed Gas Cylinders and/or Safety Training offers please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSE) - HSEInfo@jhmi.edu.

For more information regarding the various Johns Hopkins Safety policies please visit:
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 qualified 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 information.

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 policy? Read these FAQs.

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:

"life research 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 biosafety@jhu.edu or ire@jhu.edu.


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February 2020 articles:
Managing Investigational Product Returns from Research Participants
Update to Organization Policy on Registration of Clinical Trials
Changes in HSR Recertification
Update on Insurance and Research Participant Financial Responsibility Information Sheet: Signature No Longer Required
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
 
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions Small Grants Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
New System to Request Outgoing Subawards
Point of Contact for NIH Loan Repayment Program
JHU SOM Update on NIH Policy on Foreign Involvement
Disclosure of Payments from Foreign Educational Institutions and Government Agencies
Institutional Letter of Support Required for Institutional Training Grant Applications
Notice to the Johns Hopkins Community Regarding the National Science Foundation Grant Reporting Requirement for Harassment Findings and Actions
Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants

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