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June 2021

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.

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 Training?
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 requirement?
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 duties?

So many questions...so little time…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 trainings.

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 please visit:



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 (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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June 2021 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Research Billing Buzz eNewsletter
Third Thursdays with the ICTR Lecture Series - OpenSpecimen - A Biospecimen Management Tool
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
Summer Required Training
Restriction of Visitors
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Boost and Propel Research Awards Request for Applications (RFA)
ICTR Team Science Award
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 Comunity 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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