Health, Safety, and Environment
Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website.
There are four particular items that will
be addressed this year
1. Chemical Waste Disposal. Anyone generating chemical waste in a lab must complete the online Chemical Waste Management training. The training course is accessible through the MyLearning site. Each lab generating chemical waste must have at least one designated Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) where waste chemicals are stored prior to disposal (HSE703).
2. Environmental (Cold, Warm) Room Safety. Cold and warm rooms are typically unventilated spaces and air exchange only occurs when the door is opened. Therefore, a spill or release of hazardous materials can create a dangerous environment. Lack of ventilation can result in personnel exposure to hazardous/toxic chemicals. The accumulation of flammable vapors can create an explosive atmosphere, which could be ignited by the ignition sources within the room (e.g. fan motors, electrical lab equipment). An oxygen deficient environment can also be created with the release of gases, even inert or non-toxic ones like nitrogen, which displace oxygen. To protect the health and safety of our employees and students, the following materials may not be stored in environmental rooms: liquid nitrogen, compressed gases (with the exception of compressed air), dry ice, flammable liquids, and hazardous chemicals. Limited amounts of hazardous materials can be used for research purposes; contact HSE if you have questions about the amounts. Cleaning/disinfection products can also be used, but leave the door open when using them. Another important consideration in environmental rooms is minimizing mold growth. Paper products/cardboard, and other absorptive or porous materials are discouraged in environmental rooms as they can retain moisture, promoting mold growth. Any observed mold growth should be addressed as soon as possible (HSE018, HSE046).
3. Anesthesia Gas Filter Canisters. Absorption charcoal filter canisters serve as temporary scavenging systems for inhalant anesthetics. These canisters must be weighed, installed, used, and discarded according to each manufacturer's safety specifications. Users must document and date initial as well as subsequent usage weights. When full, these canisters must be disposed through the hazardous waste disposal program.
4. Biosafety Registrations. Principal Investigators must register the use or possession of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Infectious Agents/Pathogens, Biological Toxins, and Human Tissues/Cells with the Hopkins Biosafety Office. This requirement applies to all independent investigators; collaborators may not "piggy-back" on each other's registrations. Registration forms are available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/forms/forms.html. Existing Biosafety Registrations must be renewed annually or terminated. Please direct questions to Tylicia McRae or Weiying Pan at 410-955-5918 (HSE500).
For more information regarding the various Johns
Hopkins Safety policies please visit the below link:
To access BioRAFT, please go to: https://jhu.bioraft.com.
After logging in using your JHED ID, the General Setup Wizard will guide
you through the lab set-up.
Johns Hopkins 2020-21 Flu Campaign
Flu vaccine for Johns Hopkins employees is here! The inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable) will be administered to Hopkins employees beginning September 21, 2020. (Please see locations & schedules below).
The Johns Hopkins Institutions require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved qualified exception. 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.
Johns Hopkins will be partnering with Walgreens during the 2020-21 flu season. Walgreens pharmacists will be giving our employees the flu vaccine, both on-site and at all Walgreens retail locations. Both of these options will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020.
Have questions about the mandatory flu vaccination policy? Read these FAQs
Hopkins Onsite Vaccination Schedules & Locations
Dual Use Research
of Concern (DURC) policies:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or