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Health, Safety, and Environment
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Safety, & Environment website.
Sponsored Training Opportunities
HSE sponsors a variety
of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.
SUMMER REQUIRED TRAINING!
School may be out for summer, but safety practices, procedures, and
policies are here to stay. If some of your summer days will be spent
on a Johns Hopkins Institutions campus working, studying, or volunteering
in a laboratory setting-make sure you are up to date on your required
training and surveillance. Stay safe by asking yourself, laboratory
members, and directors some questions to ensure that you are compliant,
updated, and most of all, working safely:
Have you renewed your Bloodborne Pathogen
Have you completed proper hands-on training before being assigned
independent duties in the laboratory?
Is respiratory protection worn while completing some of your tasks?
If so, have you completed the annual respiratory protection training
Do you work with animals?
Have you enrolled in the Animal Exposure Surveillance Program? If
so, have you completed your annual renewal? Did you confirm that you
were listed as approved personnel on the protocol before beginning
work with animals?
Are you up to date on all vaccinations that correlate with your work
So many questions...so
but we must always make time for safety.
If you are unsure of
where you stand with trainings and requirements, please
reach out to the staff of Health, Safety, and Environment, so that we
can guide you through requirements as well as offer any other relevant
RESTRICTION OF VISITORS
For some of us, school being out for summer means that our children
will also need a safe place to be while we are at work or in class.
The laboratory and other restricted areas must not be considered an
option. Visitors under 18 years of age; unless considered a patient,
staff member, or student; are not permitted in areas housing potentially
hazardous materials or machinery, except with express written consent
of the department chairperson. Individuals under 18 years of age are
not permitted into any area with restrictive warning signs, such as
"Authorized Personnel Only," "Restrictive Area-Admittance
to Laboratory Personnel Only" and other restrictive warnings unless
pre-approved by the department chairperson.
The staff of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE)
are here to help guide you should you need assistance with complying
to these or any other HSE-related policies.
For more information regarding the policies
on " Laboratory Safety Training" and "Access to Restricted
Areas" from Johns Hopkins' department of Health Safety and Environment
and select policy HSE025 or HSE 811.
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: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/occupational_health/index.html.
Dual Use Research of Concern
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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