Tag Archives: biosafety

Volunteers and Minors in Research Labs

Summer is a great time for students to gain valuable laboratory experience through volunteering or internships. Because student volunteers and/or minors may be unaware of hazards and risks associated with working in a laboratory, Emory University policies require training before entering a lab. Do You Have a Volunteer or Minor Coming to Participate in Research […]

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What is the Purpose of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in a Biological Research Facility?

It’s really not a simple answer and requires an understanding of general biosafety. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines biosafety as principles, practices, and strategies aimed at minimizing the unintentional release of a biological agent. Biosafety is achieved by utilizing the four primary controls – engineering, PPE, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and administration. These controls […]

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Research Lab Safety, BBP and Biosafety Training Modules Have Moved to BioRAFT

The following training modules can now be completed in BioRAFT: EHSO – Research Lab Safety – ANNUAL EHSO – BBP for Researchers – ANNUAL EHSO – Biosafety – EVERY THREE YEARS ✓ Log into BioRAFT: emory.bioraft.com. If you are due to update any of the training modules mentioned above, follow the prompts to update your training. […]

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Heads Up! EHSO is Transitioning Training Modules to BioRAFT

The following training modules can now be completed in BioRAFT: EHSO – Research Lab safety – ANNUAL EHSO – BBP for researchers – ANNUAL EHSO – Biosafety – EVERY THREE YEARS Log into BioRAFT: emory.bioraft.com Go to Course Directory If you have completed your training in ELMS and your training is current, you do not […]

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Biological, Chemical and Chemicals in Animals Registrations/Forms Review in 2018

          The use of biological materials and chemicals in the laboratory or in animals require the review and approval of the Biosafety Office. Biological and Chemical Registrations, as well as, Chemicals in Animals Forms are maintained in BioRAFT. We are making efforts to synchronize the review of all modules to occur […]

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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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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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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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Reminders to Research Personnel

Are you ready to begin a new school year in your laboratory? August is usually a busy month with students starting a new semester, students lining up rotations, new investigators coming to the University, new hires, and so on. Below are a few reminders from EHSO: ✓ Ensure PI and personnel are current with applicable […]

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