Category Archives: EHSO

Environmental Health & Safety Office

Increase in Personnel Density for Research Laboratories

On November 30, personnel density for research laboratories will be increased from one person per 250 square feet per one person to one person per 150 square feet.  This increase in occupancy density continues to require the use of face coverings and maintaining a minimum distance of 6-feet between people.  This physical distancing requirement is […]

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Environmental Health and Safety: Year In Review

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) has the mission of providing comprehensive environmental and occupational health and safety support services to our research community and other Emory stakeholders with an aim of protecting people, environment and reputation by ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.  This past year’s activities contributed to the mission of ORA and […]

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Prepare for the Holidays – Submit your BioRAFT Registrations Early

Just a reminder that the holidays will be fast approaching. Faculty and staff vacations in November and December will be here before we know it! In preparation, be sure to review your BioRAFT registration and protocols early. In addition, please keep in mind that due to the Winter Recess Emory University will be closed the […]

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Update to the Principal Investigator’s Guide to Environmental Health and Safety Policies

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) has updated the Principal Investigator’s Guide to EHS Policies and Procedures and the current version is now on our website under Forms/Documents. What is the Principal Investigator’s Guide to EHS Policies and Procedures? This document outlines health and safety topics that all PIs should review with new members […]

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Fire Safety

LOOK (for places where a fire could start) LISTEN (for the sound of the smoke alarm) LEARN (two ways out of every room) Do you know where the fire extinguisher is located? OSHA requires that fire extinguishers receive two types of inspections to ensure that they work when activated: Monthly visual inspection: The responsibility of […]

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Managing Your Laboratory Satellite Accumulation Area

Chemical waste is generated across the Emory Research and Healthcare Communities. All used and unwanted chemicals are handled as Regulated Wastes and are managed by the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO).  You can request waste pick-up through the Online Waste Request System on EHSO’s Main Website. The designated area in your lab where waste […]

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Prepare for the Holidays – Submit your BioRaft Registration Early

Just a reminder that the holidays will be fast approaching. Faculty and staff vacations in November and December will be here before we know it! In preparation, be sure to review your BioRAFT registration and protocols early. In addition, please keep in mind that due to the Winter Recess Emory University will be closed the […]

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Chemical Hygiene Plan Update

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) completed the annual review and update of the EHS-405 Chemical Hygiene Plan following OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR 1910.1450), referred to as the Laboratory standard. The purpose of a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is to provide a written program stating the policies, […]

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Reminders for Lab Decommissioning

 Is your lab moving? Is your lab relocating to a new space? Is your lab closing-out and stopping research activities?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, contact your EHSO Building Liaison. We are here to help make the transition smooth and easy.    The Decommissioning Process: Why this Process is Important: Proper laboratory […]

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Influenza season is here!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccination in September or October but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you. A flu vaccine is especially important this season because it can also help reduce the burden on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources […]

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