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August 2020

Health, Safety, and Environment

Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website.

Sponsored Training Opportunities
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 policy HSE801.

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 Medicine.

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:

"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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August 2020 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Coronavirus Research Billing Notices and FAQ
Apply for the 2020 Leadership in Analytics and Data Science (LEADS) Cohort
Introduction to Precision Medicine Analytics Online Course for Clinical Researchers Begins August 31
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
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Kleberg Foundation Medical Research Program
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Updated Guidance from NIH on COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients
COVID-19 and Research Updates
Townhall Thursdays - Providing a Pulse on What's Happening in Research at JHU
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

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