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Prepare your Laboratory for the Holidays

Just a reminder that the holidays are quickly approaching.   Please keep in mind that due to the Winter Recess Emory University will be closed the last week of December. The University will be closed from Friday, December 24th through Monday, January 3rd.  Remember to contact your facility manager(s) to determine what services will be available and to determine if special access may […]

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Prepare for the Holidays – Facility Services and Access

Just a reminder that the holidays are fast approaching.   Please keep in mind that due to the Winter Recess Emory University will be closed the last week of December. The University will be closed from Friday, December 24th through Monday, January 3rd. Remember to contact your facility manager(s) to determine what services will be available and/or special access may be needed during the holiday campus closure.   For more information about Emory University’s Holidays and Holidays Policy, […]

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Update to Emory University’s IBC Policies and Procedures

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) updated the Policies and Procedures of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety Committee. The current version is on the EHSO website under Forms/Documents. This document outlines the responsibilities of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety Committee in accordance with NIH Guidelines, which includes the review of research that involves recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids.  A highlight of the changes includes updates to:  Appendix 1 Guidelines […]

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October is Biosafety Month

This year is the 8th 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 2021 is “Innovation in Biosafety and Biosecurity.” Innovation in biosafety and […]

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Sharps Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 62% – 88% of sharps injuries can be prevented simply by using safer medical devices. Researchers should always consider how to safely handle sharps and identify procedures and/or scenarios when a sharps injury could occur. By identifying when a sharps injury can occur, planned activities can be evaluated, reducing the likelihood of a sharps-related injury.   What is the […]

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Welcome Fall Semester

Fall semester is here and we would like to welcome back the Emory community returning to campus. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) is here to work with you to help keep Emory safe.  With the new school year ahead of us, be sure to review the following resources:  Emory Forward website – provides current COVID-19 information for the Emory community including the COVID-19 Visitor Policy.   EHSO Research Safety Building Liaisons – see who the […]

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Volunteers

Effective July 1, 2021 general campus-wide visitor restrictions are lifted. Visitors are welcome to access campus; however, certain public-facing spaces may enforce additional restrictions or limitations including reduced services, scheduled appointments, or other measures. Visitors are asked to review current campus COVID-19 policies and protocols on Emory Forward prior to their visit and follow the […]

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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 and exposures if an incident occurs.   Proper laboratory attire includes wearing long pants/skirt, closed-toed shoes, and securing long hair. Along with proper attire, remember to wear your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), […]

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Accident Response and Reporting

In the event of an accident, incident, or near-miss employees must notify their supervisor and report it. This includes injuries, exposures, illnesses, falls, and fires.  Injuries or Exposures:  If there is a medical emergency requiring transport to the nearest emergency department, call 911.  Immediately address the injury or exposure:  Bites, needlesticks, cuts, hand or arm exposures – Wash exposed area with soap and water for 15 […]

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Do I Need Respiratory Protection?

Emory has a commitment to its faculty, staff, and students to keep them safe while they conduct research. One type of 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 employee exposure to hazards, including airborne contaminants. When eliminating or substituting a process that produces an […]

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