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Health, Safety, and Environment
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HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course
options and dates.
Summer is Here, Dress in Lab Gear!
Summer is a favorite time of year for many. The countless fashion options
from shorts, skirts, skorts, rompers, and even romphims, only add to
the excitement and comfort of the season. That said, the lab is not
the place to make our personal fashion statements. Safety must be everyone's
priority, not just a preference. Thankfully, Johns Hopkins Institutions'
buildings are temperature-controlled to accommodate whatever weather
comes our way. We do not have to compromise safety in order to stay
comfortable at work. We know what you are thinking: "But what about
the commute to and from work
and in between buildings in the middle
of a heatwave?" Dress-code permitting, you may choose to wear loose-fit
comfortable summer attire to work or class, but you must have a plan
for when you enter any laboratory setting-whether you are a student,
staff conducting an experiment, or just visiting a colleague. Johns
Hopkins Policy on Proper Attire for Individuals in Laboratories specifies
that shorts, miniskirts, or any apparel that does not cover the skin
above the knee when not seated shall NOT be worn in the laboratory without
appropriate over protection. This means that you should either wear
personal protective equipment (PPE) over your summer ensemble OR you
can bring/keep laboratory-appropriate attire (long pants and shirt)
on site to change into before entering the lab. Loose-fit clothing must
be secured in an appropriate manner. The length of all apparel worn
should protect skin to minimize the potential for exposure to a splash
or spill. Johns Hopkins policy also prohibits open-toed shoes, sandals,
or shoes made of loosely woven material in the lab. This last statement
is definitely discouraging if you are a flip-flop fanatic; but remember,
you can bring or keep a pair a sturdy closed-toed shoes with you to
change into before entering the laboratory setting.
The staff of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
are here to help guide you should you need assistance complying with
these or any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding the policies on
"Proper Attire For Individuals in Laboratories" from Johns
Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment please visit:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html and select
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
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:
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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