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Report all Accidents, Incidents and Near-misses

Employees who are injured on the job must promptly notify their supervisor and report to the Employee Health according to Emory University Policy 4.93 Workplace Health and Safety. To report an accident, incident or near misses see step by step Guide: http://www.hr.emory.edu/eu/docs/incident-report-how-to-guide.pdf Log into PeopleSoft to initiate your report: https://hrprod.emory.edu Additional information can be found […]

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Chemical Safety for Rodent Users Refresher Training

This interactive Online refresher course is required for all personnel using chemicals in animals classified as Level 3 agents as indicated in the Hazard Assessment accompanying the Chemicals in Animals Approval Letter. Individuals taking this course would have completed a classroom training more than 3 years ago. The online refresher provides a brief overview of […]

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GHS Hazard Communication

What is GHS?  GHS is the acronym for Global Harmonization System.  The GHS Classification System was adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to align domestic labeling requirements with Internationally recognized standards.  Since Hazard Communication must be comprehensive, the use of GHS symbols extends to chemical labeling, lab door signs, safety data sheets, […]

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Be a Ladder Safety Pro! March is Ladder Safety Month

Most people have used a ladder before, either at home or at work – So, what’s the big deal?  It’s just a ladder!  While ladders are inexpensive and useful ways to access elevated areas, they can also be very dangerous or even fatal, if used improperly.  According to a NIOSH study, ladder falls are involved […]

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Now Available: Updated Emory University’s Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan

The updated version of the Emory University’s Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is now available on the EHSO website. The Exposure Control Plan is an important part of the University’s effort to protect employees from occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The ECP includes: Determination of “at risk” personnel Methods for exposure control including: Universal […]

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BioRAFT Chemical Registration – Identifying Highly Hazardous Chemicals Used in the Laboratory

Completing your Chemical Registration is the final step in BioRAFT for all laboratories using highly hazardous chemicals.  If your lab has Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC), you need to complete the HHC Survey and update personnel handling these chemicals in your laboratory. A special feature of the BioRAFT platform is the option of having a chemical […]

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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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Do You Protect Your Eyes and Face? Do Not Become a Statistic

Protecting your eyes and face is important in the workplace and outside of work. 40% of all accidents that cause blindness occur at home. OSHA states that eye injuries cost employers over $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.   Things to consider when working with hazardous material in the lab: […]

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Inspection Process Changes

Research laboratories need to be inspected or walked-through every year to ensure that any hazard is identified and possible exposure is mitigated. Any item(s) that need to be corrected were usually summarized in the Corrective Action Plan (CAP). In 2018, we are consolidating the self-inspection and the generation of the CAP.   Lab Self-Inspection and […]

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Urgent! Do you Store Hazardous Chemical Waste?

The State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division has implemented new rules for hazardous waste management. Here are the current guidelines for hazardous chemical waste management implemented by Emory EHSO: LABEL all chemical waste containers to indicate contents (Picture 1). Find labels at www.ehso.emory.edu. AFFIX a GHS pictogram (Figure 1) to the containers that defines the hazard […]

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