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Environmental Health & Safety Office

Farewell to The Lab Rat, Welcome to Research Safety Update

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) division of Research Safety is changing the name of our monthly newsletter from The Lab Rat Newsletter to Research Safety Update, effective March 2021. As part of a larger EHSO rebranding effort, we have decided to allow The Lab Rat to retire. The new Research Safety Update will […]

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Don’t Risk a Fall – Use Ladders and Step Stools Properly

Ladders are commonly used in the home and workplace, but do we give them much thought before stepping on one? If used improperly, ladders can be dangerous or even fatal. According to the Liberty Mutual 2020 Workplace Safety Index, $5.71 billion is spent on workplace falls to a lower level, such as, from ladders and […]

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FY21 Lab Assessments and Frequently Identified Findings

As a reminder, the EHSO Research Safety team is conducting assessments of research spaces to help ensure a safe work environment, to identify and correct laboratory hazards and to assist with regulatory compliance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified assessment visit will be conducted for your laboratory following the current safety recommendations. The checklist […]

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Reminder of FY2021 Lab Assessments

The EHSO Research Safety team conducts assessments of research spaces to help ensure a safe work environment, to identify and correct laboratory hazards and to assist with regulatory compliance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified assessment visit will be conducted for your laboratory following the current safety recommendations. What to expect? A 15-minute visit […]

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Start 2021 with a Current BioRAFT Profile

Start the new year with a current BioRAFT profile! For the start of 2021, make sure all required trainings are completed. This includes completing expired or overdue EHSO trainings such as Research Lab Safety, Biosafety, BBP for Research (if applicable), Laser Safety (if applicable), and Radiation Safety for Laboratory Research Personnel (if applicable). Be advised […]

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FY2021 Lab Assessments

The EHSO Research Safety team conducts assessments of research spaces to help ensure a safe work environment, to identify and correct laboratory hazards and to assist with regulatory compliance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified assessment visit will be conducted for your laboratory following current safety recommendations. What to expect? A 15-minute visit with […]

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Is Your Chemical Waste Stored Properly?

Chemical waste generated during research activities must be stored by specific criteria. The storage area for laboratory chemical waste is termed Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA). There are three C’s for proper SAA waste chemical storage containers: Closed – All chemical waste containers must remain closed except at the moment the container is being filled. Contents […]

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Spring 2021 Faculty and Staff Onboarding Reminder

Beginning January 5, 2021, the Spring 2021 Onboarding clearance process can be accessed through the Emory Forward website. Please note, the Spring 2021 Onboarding portal will provide new items that are required for the new term even if you were previously approved to return to campus. Faculty and staff will need to complete the following: […]

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Update to the Hazardous Waste Guidelines

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) updated and expanded the Hazardous Waste Guidelines, now titled Regulated Waste Guidelines to include additional topics listed below. The current version is on our website under Forms/Documents. This guideline provides information for proper management of regulated waste so that we protect our environment and maintain compliance with applicable […]

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Are You Autoclaving Safely?

Autoclave safely by using EHSO’s Autoclave Safety Checklist. This checklist is a reminder to confirm that materials are autoclave compatible, alert researchers about malfunctions by posting “DO NOT USE!” signage, ensure proper exhaust and drainage by keeping the chamber’s drain strainer clean, always use secondary containment, and much more. The checklist can be found on […]

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