Prepare your Laboratory for the Holidays

Just a reminder that the holidays are quickly approaching.  

Please keep in mind that due to the Winter Recess Emory University will be closed the last week of December. The University will be closed from Friday, December 24th through Monday, January 3rd. 

Remember to contact your facility manager(s) to determine what services will be available and to determine if special access may be needed during the holiday campus closure. 

Contact Emory Campus Services Work Management Center (WMC) at 404-727-7463 for emergency conditions or other problems that require immediate attention. 

 Before you leave for the holidays:

  • Turn off all computers, lights, and non-essential laboratory equipment. 
  • Close chemical fume hood sashes. 
  • Ensure all gas cylinders inside or outside the laboratory are securely fastened. 
  • Place all waste pickup requests early. Vendors may be delayed due to the holidays. 
  • Provide staff with emergency or alternate contact information. 

Please ensure you have reviewed and submitted your BioRAFT registrations for 2021. For instructions on how to review and submit your project(s) in BioRAFT, please visit our website at or contact your EHSO building liaison. 

For more information about Emory University’s Holidays and Holidays Policy, please visit the Human Resources website. 

December 1st – 7th is National Handwashing Week! 

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy this holiday season by washing your hands often. 

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare and eldercare facilities and hospitals. 

 If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. However, sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs and my not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.  

For more information, visit the CDC website. 


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