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Extension and Power Strip/Surge Protector Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with extension cords and power strips/surge protectors are treated in hospital emergency rooms. About half the injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over cords. The most common causes of fires from extension cords, power strips, or […]

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Safe Use of Isoflurane on Lab Bench Tops

By Dr. Michael J. Huerkamp, DVM, DACLAM Isoflurane, known by the brand names Forane and Aerrane, is popularly used for the anesthesia of rodents, including in laboratories by making use of induction chambers. The same properties of quick induction, rapid effect, and the need for close monitoring to prevent the undesirable effects of overdose enabled […]

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Formaldehyde Questionnaire? Do I Really Have to Fill Out Another Form?

We’re not surprised if you’ve asked yourself this question before. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. However, we try to make our forms as simple as possible. This is why we redesigned the Formaldehyde Questionnaire based on feedback received from in-person interactions, through email, or the EHSO customer satisfaction survey. This article explains the EHSO Formaldehyde Questionnaire and monitoring program. You are […]

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How To Identify Mercury Thermometers in Your Lab

When suitable and effective alternatives are available, we recommend discontinuing the use of mercury thermometers. To aid researchers in this effort, EHSO is exchanging mercury thermometers in your lab for safe, blue alcohol filled thermometers. Participation is easy! Complete the exchange request e-form, available at The EPA has some questions you can ask to […]

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Welcome Jodie Ruch to EHSO

Jodie Ruch is EHSO’s Communications Specialist Jodie Ruch joined the Environmental Health & Safety Office in April as the Communications Specialist. Jodie received a BA in Mass Communication, focusing in PR and Advertising, from Georgia College & State University. While in college, she was the Advertising Manager for the university newspaper, The Colonnade. Prior to joining […]

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FAQs for completing your Biosafety or Chemical in Animals registrations

What do I do if I haven’t accessed BioRAFT before? Send email to Your registration will need to be initiated by EHSO If you have a new project for review Log into BioRAFT Click Bio Summary Click Projects, then click add New Project Form Complete and submit In the Lab Biological Summary make sure that all surveys, pathogen […]

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Volunteers and Minors in Research Labs

A volunteer is an individual who is not affiliated with Emory (non-Emory Student or non-Emory Personnel)-See Emory University Policy 4.83 A minor is any person who has not attained 18 years of age and who is not enrolled in an Emory University or Oxford College regular catalog course or degree program- See Emory University Policy 7.21   All volunteers […]

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How should I maintain my Lab Rat records now?

The Lab Rat is now electronic. This reduces the administrative burden on labs. You no longer need to print and sign the newsletters. Supervisors are still responsible for ensuring that individuals have read and understood applicable safety information. How do I sign up to receive the Lab Rat? Personnel included in the “Members” tab in […]

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GHS Classification & Labeling of Chemicals Pt. 6

In this and future editions of The Lab Rat Newsletter, EHSO will provide quick overviews of the current hazard communication standard. The goal is to remind laboratory personnel of the information these pictograms are communicating regarding hazards in the laboratory.

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USDA Inspectors on Campus

USDA inspectors visited Emory University in recent weeks. We’d like to remind you to notify the Biosafety Office when external inspectors arrive or are anticipated. Please contact the USDA liaison Alaina Whitton ( for any comments or questions.

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