| July 2020
|BIOSAFETY - Back
Health, Safety, and Environment
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Safety, & Environment website.
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course
options and dates.
Welcome back everyone!
The Division of Health, Safety, and Environment
(HSE) is here to help support the phased returning to Johns Hopkins
campuses. As we wear required face masks/coverings and practice social
distancing, please know that HSE staff are walking the campuses and
are often just a stroll, an email (HSEInfo@jhmi.edu
), or a phone call (410-955-5918) away. We are here and ready to help
the Johns Hopkins community maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Annual Research Safety Surveys will resume as laboratories reopen. To
prepare for Research Safety Surveys, you can do the following:
- Biosafety Information Sheets-
A new form must be completed annually by each Principal Investigator.
Once updated, please send the sheet to the attention of Mr. Jack Barrett
via fax at 410-955-5929 or as an email attachment to
- Updated Departmental Contact Information-
It is important that any changes to laboratory contacts, phone numbers,
laboratory relocations, departures, and new arrivals be communicated
to the HSE Research Safety Specialists. Please send any changes in
Principal Investigator status, building, room changes, etc., to the
attention of Mr. Jack Barrett via email at email@example.com.
- Research Registrations-
Ensure that you are in compliance with required Research Registrations.
All independent investigators must hold Institutional Biosafety Committee
(IBC) approved research registrations for using or possessing material
involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Potentially
Infectious Agents/Pathogens, Biological Toxins, and/or Human Tissues
at Johns Hopkins. Questions regarding a registration's approval status
may be addressed by phone (410-955-5918) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research Involving SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Related
Please note that work with SARS-CoV-2 virus, derivatives thereof, and
material derived from COVID-19 patients all need to be registered with
the Biosafety Office and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee
before obtaining these materials and commencing research.
Considering COVID-19 Animal Model Research?
Contact the CAM (COVID19 Animal Models) at JHU team. Submit
your project details on this site.
Considering COVID-19 Clinical Research? Contact
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Coordinating Committee
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
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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