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May 2021

Health, Safety, and Environment

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Sponsored Training Opportunities

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

Hooray!! It's May...Throw the Gloves Away!

Now don't get too alarmed…we don't mean put all your gloves in the trash! But, we do mean that any used gloves and other soiled disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) should be doffed (a fun word for removed) and properly discarded whenever you leave your lab…even when you are transporting research samples. Please note we did not say, "remove your gloves and other soiled personal protective equipment when you are finished with your experiment or leaving the lab for the day." We mean, you must remove your gloves whenever you leave the threshold of your lab's door. Even though wearing them may make you feel safer, gloves are not permitted or necessary in hallways, elevators, or transport routes…even in research buildings. You may be asking, "If I can't wear gloves, how am I supposed to get my research sample to my colleague on a different floor, to the scope room, or to collaborator down the hall?" The answer to that question is: contain it.

Think about it. Many of us researchers use shipping companies to procure or export our samples. Have you ever seen DHL, FedEx, or the UPS delivery person sporting nitrile gloves? Probably not. These agents are not required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), because the shipper is responsible for ensuring that the material is packaged in such a way that a layperson should be able to transport the parcel without safety concerns for his/her person. Similarly, you should package your samples in leakproof, immobilizing (so it does not get jostled) secondary containment that allows you to carry it through the hallway, appropriate elevators, etc. (where you are bound to encounter non-lab personnel) without the risk of putting anyone in harm's way, chancing a spill, and minimizing feelings of discomfort. The department of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) has a policy entitled, "Proper Attire for Individuals in Laboratories," which spells out the "No Gloves Outside of the Lab" requirement. Lucky for you, HSE is also staffed with Research Safety Specialists and a host of other Safety Professionals who can help guide you along, should you need further assistance in complying to this policy.

For more information regarding the policy 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.

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: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/occupational_health/index.html.

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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May 2021 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Research Billing Buzz eNewsletter
Third Thursdays with the ICTR Lecture Series - Qualtrics vs. RedCAP
Coronavirus Research Billing Notices and FAQ
Introduction to Clinical Research Summer Course
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
Sponsored Training Opportunities
Hooray! It's May...Throw the Gloves Away!
Are You Updated on Your Immunizations?
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Nexus Award for The Development or Evaluation for Biomarkers: In Vitro Or In Vivo (Imaging) Diagnostics
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Updated Guidance from NIH on COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients
COVID-19 and Research Updates
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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