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Environmental Health & Safety Office

Urgent! Do you Store Hazardous Chemical Waste?

The State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division has implemented new rules for hazardous waste management. Here are the current guidelines for hazardous chemical waste management implemented by Emory EHSO: LABEL all chemical waste containers to indicate contents (Picture 1). Find labels at www.ehso.emory.edu. AFFIX a GHS pictogram (Figure 1) to the containers that defines the hazard […]

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Spill Kit Essentials and Basic Clean Up Steps

All personnel working in research laboratories should know the location of the biological spill clean up kit, the basic steps to clean up small spills, who to call in case of an emergency and the reporting procedures. Before you start your work with biological agents: Identify the location of the nearest spill kit Check the […]

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Do You Hand Wash?

Good hand washing is important to prevent the spread of germs. Think about everything that you touch from the moment you wake up, come to work, and go home. Your hands may have come into contact with germs doing your daily activities. Check out this APIC film festival winning video that shows a day in […]

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Welcome Robin Ruthenborg to EHSO

Welcome Robin Ruthenborg! Please welcome Robin Ruthenborg to the EHSO Research Safety team as an EHS Professional III. Robin received a B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2013 and an M.S. in Biotechnology in 2014 from The University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to returning to school and earning her graduate degree, she worked for a […]

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Are You Holiday Safe?

      The holidays are coming up. The National Safety Council (NSC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will help you have a safe holiday season with friends and loved ones. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season. Read more at the National Safety Council website. […]

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Updates on USDA/APHIS or CDC Import Permits

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a permitting system to ensure that pests and diseases are kept away from domestic crops and animals. As you are preparing to submit your application in ePermit, please ensure that you communicate with your Biosafety Officer (biosafe@emory.edu). Discussing your proposed work […]

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Bio and Chem Protocol Submissions

Have you reviewed, updated, submitted and certified your Biosafety and/or Chemical Safety Registration for 2017? Do you have annual updates due in November or December? Be sure to complete all submissions on time because the holidays are slowly approaching and do not let your protocol expire. Use BioRAFT for submission of all of your biosafety […]

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Green Labs at Emory University

      Are you interested in reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste in your office and lab? Green Offices at Emory and Green Labs at Emory invite you to certify your work space to help Emory reach its 2015-2025 Sustainability Vision goals. Certified offices and labs are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for sustainability projects. Applications are NOW OPEN, and […]

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EHSO Research Safety Lab Inspection Top Findings!

Lab inspections are conducted on a routine basis to assist in compliance with regulations, to identify and correct general lab hazards, and to help ensure a safe work environment. Below is a summary of the top findings from our most recent inspection cycle (September 2016-August 2017), and recommended corrective actions. Item # Item Description Item […]

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October is National Biosafety Month

October is National Biosafety Month (NBM). The Office of Science Policy (OSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages institutions to: Highlight the importance of biosafety. Undertake activities to strengthen their biosafety programs. The 2017 theme for NBM is “promoting biosafety through good governance.” What is Emory University doing? The biosafety office team: Encourages […]

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