Tag Archives: lab safety

DEA Controlled Substances and Dangerous Drugs

Updates Regarding Controlled Substances and Dangerous Drugs: The Office of Compliance has updated its Controlled Substances and Dangerous Drugs forms (available here). In addition to the updated forms, a new Self-Inspection Form and a new Controlled Substance Dilution Use Log are now available. The Office of Compliance FAQ document “State of Georgia and Federal Law […]

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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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Report all Accidents, Incidents and Near-misses

Employees who are injured on the job must promptly notify their supervisor and report to Employee Health according to Emory University Policy 4.93 Workplace Health and Safety. To report an accident, incident or near-miss see the 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 at the Emory […]

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Preparing for Lab Moves and Close-Outs

EHSO guidelines for lab decommissioning: www.ehso.emory.edu/content-guidelines/LabDecommissioningGuidelines.pdf Proper Laboratory Decommissioning: Ensures that the vacated space is in a stable and known condition, safe for individuals unfamiliar with the laboratory to enter, Reduces disposal costs associated with unwanted and unknown hazardous materials, and Encourages sustainability through redistribution of unwanted, useable laboratory equipment and supplies. Ultimate responsibility for preparing a laboratory to be safe and compliant lies […]

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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 if an accident occurs. Along with proper attire, remember to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) according to your laboratory’s PPE Assessment Form. […]

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Extension and Power Strip/Surge Protector Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with extension cords and power strips/surge protectors are treated in hospital emergency rooms. About half the injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over cords. The most common causes of fires from extension cords, power strips, or […]

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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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Breathe Easy!

At the Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHSO), we believe your workplace should be a place of comfort that offers adequate indoor air quality and is free of health hazards. If you have concerns about the indoor air quality within your space, proper ventilation, or odor concerns… EHSO can help you!  Do you see mold?  Mold can be a […]

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