Tag Archives: biosafety

Sharps Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 62% – 88% of sharps injuries can be prevented simply by using safer medical devices. Researchers should always consider how to safely handle sharps and identify procedures and/or scenarios when a sharps injury could occur. By identifying when a sharps injury can occur, planned activities can be evaluated, reducing the likelihood of a sharps-related injury.   What is the […]

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Summer Clothing and Lab Safety

The weather is warming up and while shorts and sandals are great if you are spending time outside, it is important to be properly dressed when working in a laboratory to reduce injuries and exposures if an incident occurs.   Proper laboratory attire includes wearing long pants/skirt, closed-toed shoes, and securing long hair. Along with proper attire, remember to wear your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), […]

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The Safety Theme for June is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The purpose of PPE is to protect yourself from potential exposures as well as protect others by keeping what you work with inside the lab. PPE is one aspect of risk minimization and it serves as your last line of defense against direct exposures to hazardous materials and environments.  The minimum PPE required includes a lab coat or disposable gown, long pants/skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Task specific gloves and […]

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Emergency Eyewash Stations

Emergency eyewashes must be activated and visually inspected monthly. The activation and inspection must also be documented near each eyewash. This is to ensure the eyewash stations are functioning, clean, and accessible in the event they are needed. If you are exposed to a foreign particle, chemical, or biological agent, an emergency eyewash station is […]

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Undergraduates in SOM Labs for Summer 2021

The School of Medicine (SOM), in collaboration with Emory College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) and Georgia Institute of Technology, has established a process to review and approve requests for undergraduates to serve in SOM labs this Summer. All undergraduates must be approved through this process for this Summer, regardless of their current status. An undergraduate student may be allowed to return to or join an SOM lab if they are in one of the […]

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Summer Clothing and Lab Safety

The weather is warming up, and while shorts and sandals are great if you are spending time outside, it is important to be properly dressed when working in a laboratory to reduce injuries and exposures if an accident occurs. Along with proper attire, remember to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) according to your laboratory’s PPE […]

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Chemicals in Animals Hazard Assessment for the DAR

The hazard assessment included with Chemicals in Animals approval letters has a new look! This new format applies to the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) protocols. The hazard assessment included in Yerkes protocol approval letters will remain unchanged. Please note – for those administering Level 3 Agents, as indicated by your approval letter and hazard […]

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Extension and Power Strip Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that electrical power cords cause about 4,000 injuries and 3,300 residential fires each year. The most frequent causes of such fires are short circuits, overloading, damage and/or misuse of these power cords. Misused and damaged power cords have caused painful injuries, fires, equipment damage and regulatory citations […]

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Clear the Air – Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Poor ventilation, humidity, and moisture are some factors that can affect the quality of indoor air. Investigation and remediation of IAQ concerns is a joint effort between EHSO, Campus […]

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BRS Permit Applicants Required to Use APHIS eFile

Beginning April 5th, 2021, all United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) permit applicants will be required to apply using APHIS eFile.  What this means: Notifications will no longer be available after April 4, 2021. This is consistent with the revised regulations 7 CFR Part 340.  ePermits remains […]

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