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March 2020

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

Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website.

Sponsored Training Opportunities
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.

Banish Bulky Biohazard Boxes!!
Be courteous to our colleagues in custodial services. Heavy biohazard boxes and waste containers are fast becoming a leading cause of injuries. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), including back injuries, account for a little more than one out of every three work-related injuries in the United States. Let's do our part at Johns Hopkins to avoid contributing to heavy containers and waste receptacles that require manual lifting for appropriate disposal. While efforts are made to keep custodial workers aware of the proper techniques for lifting waste, decreasing the maximum weights that we allow in these containers helps reduce the frequency and severity of lift-related injuries.

Lifting Guidelines (Weight) For A Single Individual

Sex/Age No Restriction Training Required Lifting Aids Required Not Recommended
Male <50 0-40 lbs. 41-60 lbs. 61- 130 lbs.
>130 lbs.
Male =>50 0-30 lbs. 31-50 lbs. 51-105 lbs. >105 lbs.
Female* <50

0-25 lbs.

26-40 lbs. 41-80 lbs.

>80 lbs.

Female* =>50 0-20 lbs. 21-30 lbs. 31-60 lbs. >60 lbs.

* females who are pregnant should not lift more than 25 lbs.

As a standard guideline strive to keep each container for waste collection to weigh less than 25 lbs. If the container weighs more than the average 1 year old toddler, it is probably too heavy.

For more information regarding the various Johns Hopkins Safety policies please visit the below link:


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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March 2020 articles:
5th Annual Trends in Clinical Research Symposium
Research Billing Buzz eNewsletter
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
Boost and Propel Clinical Research Awards
Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health K12 Program
William T. Grant Scholars Program
opkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions Small
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
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization
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

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for March, Apri and Mayl

Seminars and Symposium at the Genetics Research Core Facility


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