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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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Reminder: Broken Glass Boxes

As a reminder, please avoid filling the broken glass box more than 3/4ths full. Sometimes the weight of the box can exceed 50 lbs and prevent custodial staff from moving it. If your lab is using the glass box to discard slides as well as empty, small glass vials, the weight of the box can […]

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Your Green Holiday Checklist

Holidays are around the corner! Many of us will be taking some time off, but whether it is for a couple of days or a week, refer to the following Green Holiday Checklist to ensure that your lab space is green and sustainable before you leave for break: Turn off all computers and unplug any devices such as […]

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Working Safely in Your Biosafety Cabinet

We have posted on our website a 15-min instructional video from Esco Biotech aimed to show standard operating procedures for working in Class II Biosafety Cabinets from start to shut down. EHSO encourages you to become familiar with the type of BSC in your laboratory be reviewing product specifications and recommended practices. An instructional poster […]

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