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BBP ECP 2020 Update

An Exposure Control Plan is important because it helps protect workers from exposures to blood and other body fluids[1].  The Emory Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (BBP ECP) has been reviewed and updated for 2020 according to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030. One highlight in the 2020 revision is the addition of […]

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New Laboratory Signage Requirements Form

EHSO has updated the Laboratory Signage Requirements Form. It is now an automated form that is designed to make signage requests faster and easier for you. Follow the link on our website under “Research Safety,” then click “Laboratory Hazard Signage Program” on the left side of the page. Alternatively, go to the “Forms and Documents” […]

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March is Ladder Safety Month!

Ladders are commonly used in the home and workplace, but do we give them much thought before stepping on one? If used improperly, ladders can be dangerous or even fatal. According to a NIOSH study, ladder falls are involved in approximately 20% of all occupational fall injuries! Source: https://www.laddersafetymonth.com/Portals/0/ALI_320583-18_19NLSM_flyer2_1.pdf Emory University has a Ladder Safety […]

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Lab Safety Spotlight

After the Research Safety team conducted laboratory inspections during the month of January, our team has selected one lab to be recognized. EHSO would like to recognize the Vega Lab for the January Lab Safety Spotlight. Congratulations to the members of Dr. Nicole Vega’s research group for embracing a culture of safety. Keep up the […]

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Do You Use a Centrifuge?

Nils Schoof, lab manager for Dr. Ann Chahroudi’s research group, provides in this article a collection of good laboratory practices that the Chahroudi lab members follow to ensure that centrifuges are working properly and are decontaminated regularly. Centrifuge maintenance is an important everyday practice to maintain optimal condition and safety in every research laboratory. Regular […]

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AAALAC International Site Visit at Emory University

The AAALAC International site visit of the animal care and use program at Emory University will be conducted by a 4-person team of peers on March 3-5, 2020.  While much of the focus will be on DAR and IACUC, laboratories will be site visited, particularly those where surgery and other experimental procedures are done on […]

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Chemical Fume Hood Annual Performance Testing

Chemical fume hoods (CFHs) are found in most research labs and must undergo annual performance testing (previously referred to as certification). Annual Performance Testing(formerly known as certification) 1. Measure the flow rate (linear feet per minute, lfm) with the sash set at 18 inches from the fume hood surface/bench. Multiple data points are recorded and […]

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Safer Alternatives in Research – Addressing Ethidium Bromide

Ethidium Bromide is a commonly used stain for gel electrophoresis in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols, despite inherent health risks associated with it. Ethidium Bromide is a mutagen and causes acute toxicity if inhaled. You will find the following GHS pictograms on the manufacturer label and SDS. However, there are safer alternatives to ethidium bromide. […]

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Do You Protect Your Eyes and Face? 

Are you in danger of becoming a statistic? Protecting your eyes and face is important in the workplace and outside of work. Thousands of people are blinded each year from work related eye injuries that could have been prevented with proper eye and face protection.  The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) requires employers to ensure […]

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Using Smart Devices at Emory University

There are security and safety issues associated with the use of smart devices at Emory. Provided below is a list of safety issues[1] associated with using smart devices, specifically in research laboratories, and ways to mitigate these. Safety Issue  Recommendation to mitigate risk  Contamination[2] Electronics can bring contamination to your sterile environment – surface decontaminate […]

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