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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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Accident Response and Reporting

In the event of an accident, incident, or near-miss employees must notify their supervisor and report it. This includes injuries, exposures, illnesses, falls, and fires.  Injuries or Exposures:  If there is a medical emergency requiring transport to the nearest emergency department, call 911.  Immediately address the injury or exposure:  Bites, needlesticks, cuts, hand or arm exposures – Wash exposed area with soap and water for 15 […]

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Do I Need Respiratory Protection?

Emory has a commitment to its faculty, staff, and students to keep them safe while they conduct research. One type of hazard found while conducting research activities is airborne contaminants. This includes chemicals, animal dander, physical hazards, including nanoparticles, and/or biological agents.   Emory uses the “Hierarchy of Controls” to minimize employee exposure to hazards, including airborne contaminants. When eliminating or substituting a process that produces an […]

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Chemical Waste Contest Winner

The winner of the Chemical Waste Contest from April’s Research Safety Update newsletter is…the Ryan Lab in Claudia Nance Rollins! Congratulations to the members of Dr. Barry Ryan’s research group! The winners will receive a prize compliments of Emory EHSO. Remember the 3 C’s of Chemical Waste: Closed – All chemical waste containers must remain […]

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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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Chemical Hygiene Plan Update

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) completed the annual review and update of the EHS-405 Chemical Hygiene Plan following OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR 1910.1450), referred to as the Laboratory standard. The purpose of a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is to provide a written program stating the policies, […]

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Chemical Safety Training Now in ELMS

The “DAR SOM Chemical Safety for Rodent Users” training can now be completed online through ELMS! This training must be completed prior to receiving EHSO Chemicals in Animals approval. Who is required to complete this training? This training applies to researchers whose animals are housed in the Division of Animal Resources (DAR). Researchers with animals […]

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BioRAFT Training and Registration Updates

Make sure your BioRAFT profile is up to date! Before returning to the lab, 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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Working with Hazardous Chemicals in Animals

If you are planning on working with hazardous chemicals and animals there are a few requirements that need to be met. You must be listed on an EHSO Chemical Safety Approval Letter and your PI must have IACUC approval to use hazardous chemicals in animals. To be listed on an EHSO approval letter, your PI […]

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