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July 2021

Health, Safety, and Environment

Visit the Health, Safety, andEnvironment website.

Sponsored Training Opportunities

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

Emergency Safety Showers, Eyewashes, and Faucet-Mounted eyePOD

Now is a great time to confirm that you are familiar with the selection, placement, testing, and training requirements on emergency eyewashes and safety showers. All employees and students who use, or may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, shall be trained on the hazards associated with the chemicals and the emergency eyewash and shower equipment in use at their locations and in adjacent hallways. This training is the responsibility of the person in charge of the work and/or classroom area; whether it be a laboratory, pharmacy, custodial closet, nursing unit, or clinical setting. The training shall be documented in an Emergency Equipment Training Log. If an area is remodeled and a different model eyewash is installed, the entire staff shall be trained to use the new model and this novel equipment training will also be documented on the training log.

Emergency Showers and Eyewashes
Did you know that eyewashes and emergency showers have to be designed, manufactured, and installed in such a manner that once activated they function without requiring the use of the operator's hands? Did you know that eyewashes need to be activated weekly for at least three minutes, or until the water runs clear-whichever time period is longer? Did you know that emergency showers require a three foot by three foot(3'x3') area of clearance on the floor that must remain unobstructed at all times? Everyone can check eyewashes, but only trained facilities maintenance personnel should activate safety showers.

Faucet-Mounted Eyewashes (Axion EyePods)
In areas where a standard plumbed eyewash may not be possible, a thermostatically-controlled, faucet-mounted eyePOD may be an option. Using the faucet as a water source, rotating the unit in either direction discharges faucet water upwards through the unit. Rotating the eyePOD back to its standard position allows water to flow back through the faucet. Like independently plumbed eyewashes, eyePOD eyewashes require weekly documented testing.

Research Safety Reminder--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.

Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
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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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July 2021 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Third Thursdays with the ICTR Lecture Series - ICTR Clinical Research Units
Coronavirus Research Billing Notices and FAQ
Introduction to Clinical Research Summer Course
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
Emergency Safety Showers, Eyewashes, and Faucet-Mounted eyePOD
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Searle Scholars Program
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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