Tag Archives: PPE

Returning to Laboratory Research at Lower Density

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) and the Office of Research Administration (ORA) in concert with Emory Executive Leadership have developed requirements and guidance for the Phased Return of Research to Campus. As stated in the guidance communicated by Emory’s Executive Leadership on Friday, May 15th, EHSO has developed a mandatory training course that […]

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Returning to Laboratory Research at Lower Density

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) and the Office of Research Administration (ORA) in concert with Emory Executive Leadership have developed requirements and guidance for the Phased Return of Research to Campus. As stated in the guidance communicated by Emory’s Executive Leadership on Friday, May 15th, EHSO has developed a mandatory training course that […]

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Environmental Health and Safety Office – Bench to Bedside Collaboration in the Wake of SARS-CoV-2

The recent Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in an international response to control the spread of this virus and to better understand the epidemiology of this disease.  This virus was recently named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease is called COVID-19.  The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) is collaborating with University and Healthcare partners to provide support […]

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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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Hearing Safety in the Workplace

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise every day, ranging from sounds of a power lawnmower to shots fired from a shotgun. This noise can cause severe damage to the ear and produce permanent hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the number one […]

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October is Biosafety and Biosecurity Month

2019 is the 6th anniversary of the Biosafety & Biosecurity Month. The NIH’s Office of Science Policy (OSP) initially created National Biosafety Month to encourage institutions to highlight the importance of biosafety and undertake activities to strengthen their biosafety programs. The theme for 2019 is “Beyond the Lab: Increasing the Visibility of Biosafety and Biosecurity” […]

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In the News… Lessons Learned

Unforeseen laboratory accidents and incidents can occur as a result of working with different types of hazards associated with research activities.  Over the last several years, high profile events at universities across the country have raised concerns about lab safety programs and efforts to mitigate hazards and risks. In recent news, a student at the […]

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Do I Need Respiratory Protection?

Emory has a commitment to its faculty and staff to keep them safe while they conduct the research that has made its name globally recognized. A 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 […]

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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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Do You Protect Your Eyes/Face?

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: Be […]

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