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November 2021
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Health, Safety, and Environment

Visit the Health, Safety, and Environment website.


Sponsored Training Opportunities

HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.
(http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/training/#Instructor)


Required Laboratory Equipment Clearance

Moving out or moving on? Unlike at home, you cannot just throw laboratory equipment away! All laboratory equipment, research and clinical, must be cleaned of potential chemical, radiological, and/or biological hazards prior to maintenance, relocation on campus, or removal from Johns Hopkins premises. This may occur due to scheduled or emergency service of the equipment, transfer of the equipment to another laboratory space on campus, departure of an investigator from Johns Hopkins, or terminal disposal of equipment no longer functional or desired by the investigator or laboratory group. To ensure compliance with environmental safety standards, equipment was be inspected prior to maintenance, relocation, or disposal so that any deficiencies in clean-up can be corrected by persons familiar with the research or clinical materials that we used in or on the equipment.

We all have an obligation to cultivate a safe environment for all people on our campuses. Working together, properly trained, and informed of all applicable requirements are the best ways to achieve this goal.


Safety Training Courses

The Johns Hopkins Institutions strive to ensure the Hopkins community is a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible place to work, study, and live for faculty, staff, and students. Members of the Hopkins community must conduct operations in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local registrations, and the Department of Health, Safety, and Environment guidelines and standards. Both Federal and State regulatory requirements and Johns Hopkins policies require employees and staff to receive certain safety training and stay informed about potential health and safety risks or hazards in the workplace. All Safety courses registration and enrollments are available at Johns Hopkins myJHU portal website.

If you have questions regarding requirements for Laboratory Equipment Clearances and/or Safety Training please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSE) at HSEInfo@jhmi.edu. For more information regarding the various Johns Hopkins Safety policies please visit: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html.


BioRAFT Chemical Registry

Principal Investigators,

Please remember to complete the initial lab registration in BioRAFT. BioRAFT is an online, 24/7 accessible, software package that is being deployed to serve as the chemical registry for laboratory spaces located on the campuses of Johns Hopkins. Completion of the lab registration in BioRAFT will be reviewed as part of the annual departmental safety survey.

To access BioRAFT, please go to: https://jhu.bioraft.com. After logging in using your JHED, the General Setup Wizard will guide you through the lab set-up. We greatly appreciate your assistance with this project. 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.


Johns Hopkins 2021-22 Flu Campaign

Onsite Schedules & Locations | Walgreens | Vaccinations & Exceptions | Policy
Flu vaccine for Johns Hopkins employees is here! The inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable) is now being administered to Hopkins employees. (Please see locations & schedules below).

The Johns Hopkins Institutions require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved qualified exception. Please review the Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Policy (HSE048) for more information.

The Influenza vaccine will be administered to Physicians, Faculty, Staff, Employees, Students and Volunteers by Occupational Health Services as listed below.
Johns Hopkins will be partnering with Walgreens during the 2021-22 flu season. Walgreens pharmacists will be giving our employees the flu vaccine, both on-site and at all Walgreens retail locations.

Important Things To Know:

  • Onsite Vaccinations - To comply with physical distancing guidelines. You must make an appointment to receive your flu vaccine.
  • Walgreens Vaccinations - You must either print out a voucher (JHED ID & PW required) or display the voucher on your phone at the time of service to receive the vaccine at Walgreens.? No appointments necessary, walk-ins available. You must upload proof of receiving the vaccine to VMS.
  • Onsite & Walgreens Vaccinations - To help expedite your visit, please fill out the vaccination form prior to your appointment, have a valid Hopkins ID/badge and bring both with you.
  • Vaccinated Outside - If vaccinated outside of a Johns Hopkins mass vaccine clinic or Unit Champion (i.e. Primary Care, CVS, Safeway, etc.), a proof of immunization must be provided to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination. This applies even if your provider that gave the vaccine is within the Hopkins network.

Have questions about the mandatory flu vaccination policy? Read these FAQs.


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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November 2021 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Coronavirus Research Billing Notices and FAQ
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
Required Laboratory Equipment Clearance
Safety Training Courses
BioRAFT Chemical Registry
Johns Hopkins 2021-22 Flu Campaign
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
The Mallinckrodt Scholar Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Updated Guidance from NIH on COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients
COVID-19 and Research Updates
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
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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