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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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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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Spill Kit Essentials and Basic Clean Up Steps

All personnel working in research laboratories should know the location of the biological spill clean up kit, the basic steps to clean up small spills, who to call in case of an emergency and the reporting procedures. Before you start your work with biological agents: Identify the location of the nearest spill kit Check the […]

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EHSO Research Safety Lab Inspection Top Findings!

Lab inspections are conducted on a routine basis to assist in compliance with regulations, to identify and correct general lab hazards, and to help ensure a safe work environment. Below is a summary of the top findings from our most recent inspection cycle (September 2016-August 2017), and recommended corrective actions. Item # Item Description Item […]

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October is National Biosafety Month

October is National Biosafety Month (NBM). The Office of Science Policy (OSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourages institutions to: Highlight the importance of biosafety. Undertake activities to strengthen their biosafety programs. The 2017 theme for NBM is “promoting biosafety through good governance.” What is Emory University doing? The biosafety office team: Encourages […]

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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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Reminders to Research Personnel

Are you ready to begin a new school year in your laboratory? August is usually a busy month with students starting a new semester, students lining up rotations, new investigators coming to the University, new hires, and so on. Below are a few reminders from EHSO: ✓ Ensure PI and personnel are current with applicable […]

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Updated Lab Self-Inspection Form

The Laboratory Self-Inspection Form has been updated. Each lab is required to complete a self-inspection every 12 months and upload the Corrective Action Plan to BioRAFT. EHSO Research Safety will use the same form to conduct an inspection of each lab. The Laboratory Self-Inspection Cheat Sheet has also been updated. The inspection process remains the […]

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New Document Updates

  EHSO has launched three updated documents and a brand new Forms / Documents page on the EHSO website. Visit http://ehso.emory.edu/documents/ for an easy way to search for and filter through all EHSO documents.   Are You a Supervisor? Check out the updated Principal Investigator’s Guide to EHS. We shortened it, updated it, and added […]

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Placing Purchase Orders for Biosafety Cabinet Certification

When placing POs to have biosafety cabinets certified or decontaminated, make sure to enter a new requisition. Copying old requisitions can result in POs being placed for an incorrect amount—creating hassle for both you and the vendors. By placing new requisitions, vendors can certify your cabinets within the required time frame to avoid being tagged […]

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