Tag Archives: biosafety

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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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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BioRAFT Updates for Protocols Due in January, February & March

Lab Registration Investigators are being prompted to update their biological registrations in 2017. Things to remember: Complete the Lab Hazards Assessment Update your Members list, ensure that all job description for use of biological agents and chemical hazards are up to date Upload the Corrective Action Plan for the 2017 lab self-inspection Confirm spaces and […]

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BIO & CHEM Updates for BioRAFT

BIO Registration As of this month, EHSO has completed the transition from paper to electronic registrations in BioRAFT. PIs are already being prompted to review their registrations due for annual update in January 2017. Remember that BIO registrations are “evergreen,” meaning that the projects will not expire but require an annual review and update. For […]

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October is NIH’s Biosafety Month

Use this opportunity to assess your biosafety habits. Are you: Registering all of your biological work with the Biosafety Office? We switched to an electronic platform, BioRAFT, this year. Use this new system to submit your work. Practicing good lab techniques? Disinfect surfaces after work and wash your hands every time you leave the lab. […]

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BioRAFT Demo for 3-Year and New Submissions

Do you need to submit a 3-yr biosafety renewal or a new biosafety project? Please join us for a demo of the BioRAFT platform on August 5, 2016 at 11 am. The link for GoToMeeting has been posted in the “Announcements” box in BioRAFT (emory.bioraft.com).

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BioRAFT Update

EHSO continues with the rollout of the electronic platform for submission of biosafety protocols. Here is a collection of the most FAQs when completing the registration: What do I do if I have a new protocol or a 3-yr renewal? For new protocols: Send email to biosafe@emory.edu. Your registration will need to be initiated by […]

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Announcing New Changes to Specific Biosafety Cabinet Certifications

Direct-connected or canopy connected Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs) Class II, Type A1 and A2 without exhast alarm, will not be certified after April 15, 2016. What is the change? NSF Accredited field certifiers shall no longer certify either direct-connected Type A cabinets or canopy connected Type A cabinets without exhaust alarms, even if specifically asked to […]

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Video: Safe Autoclave Use

The Biosafety and Biosecurity team at Arizona State University (ASU), in partnership with ASU Creative Student Services, has developed a new Autoclave Training Video. The video offers examples of the types of waste to be autoclaved, Personal protective equipment (PPE) to be worn, spore testing, record keeping requirements, safe loading and unloading, and much more. […]

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New Electronic Platform for Biosafety Protocols

Early in December, EHSO rolled out a new electronic Protocol Management System for Biosafety Protocols. This system is hosted by BioRAFT (emory.bioraft.com), and the transition will occur in 2016 whereby protocols will be uploaded as they become due for review. The Advantages of BioRAFT: No Paper Forms: Paper forms will be eliminated for Notice of Intent and Annual Update/Amendment/Terminations. Electronic Changes: […]

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