Health, Safety, and Environment
Visit the Health, Safety, & Environment website.
HSE sponsors a variety
of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.
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
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
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.
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