Tag Archives: PPE

Considerations When Using Sharps on Rodent Studies

By Sherrie Jean, DVM, DACLAM Associate Veterinarian Yerkes National Primate Research Center Many biomedical and basic science research studies involve the use of rodent animal models. The animals and experimental agents (eg. cell lines, chemicals, biologicals, etc.) involved with these projects often pose a human health and safety risk to the personnel conducting those studies. […]

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Clinical and Microbiology Laboratories

There has been an outbreak linked to Salmonella Typhimurium from microbiological laboratories in 16 states, including Georgia, in 2017. This continues to indicate that laboratory-associated salmonellosis is a public health problem and that proper microbiological techniques should be used. Many of the people who became ill reported not washing hands, not wearing PPE, and using […]

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What is the Purpose of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

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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EHSO Laboratory Safety Templates and Documents!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hazard Assessment Template Are you wearing the correct PPE while performing experiments? Do you know when to wear safety glasses or safety goggles? Do you know when a face shield is necessary? EHSO created the PPE Hazard Assessment Template to help researchers identify the proper PPE to wear. PPE selection should […]

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Top Ten Findings from EHSO Laboratory Inspections

In the spring of this year, EHSO conducted beta-testing of the Scorecard Inspection Process. The Scorecard is a document that identifies the strengths and areas for improvement from an individual lab’s perspective and a overall department perspective.  The process is designed to give the PI and the Department Chair a depiction of the safety culture […]

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