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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 accident occurs. Along with proper attire, remember to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) according to your laboratory’s PPE […]

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FY2021 Lab Assessments

The EHSO Research Safety team conducts assessments of research spaces to help ensure a safe work environment, to identify and correct laboratory hazards and to assist with regulatory compliance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified assessment visit will be conducted for your laboratory following current safety recommendations. What to expect? A 15-minute visit with […]

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Update to the Hazardous Waste Guidelines

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) updated and expanded the Hazardous Waste Guidelines, now titled Regulated Waste Guidelines to include additional topics listed below. The current version is on our website under Forms/Documents. This guideline provides information for proper management of regulated waste so that we protect our environment and maintain compliance with applicable […]

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Are You Autoclaving Safely?

Autoclave safely by using EHSO’s Autoclave Safety Checklist. This checklist is a reminder to confirm that materials are autoclave compatible, alert researchers about malfunctions by posting “DO NOT USE!” signage, ensure proper exhaust and drainage by keeping the chamber’s drain strainer clean, always use secondary containment, and much more. The checklist can be found on […]

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Holiday Safety

Gatherings during COVID-19 This holiday season poses additional safety concerns due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides considerations for small gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please note that this does not replace any regional, state, or federal health and safety laws, rules, or regulations concerning small gatherings. […]

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Update to the Formaldehyde Fact Sheet

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) has updated the Formaldehyde Fact Sheet and the current version is now on our website under Forms/Documents. Emory’s Formaldehyde Program was developed to protect Emory University employees, students and visitors from exposure to elevated levels of formaldehyde as prescribed in OSHA’s Formaldehyde Standard (29 CFR 1910.1048). The Formaldehyde […]

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Laundering Your Lab Coat

Lab coats are essential personal protective equipment (PPE) in the laboratory. They provide an additional layer of protection from chemicals, biological materials, isotopes, and flames. If exposed to one of these hazards, you can remove your lab coat, which has taken the brunt of the exposure, and rinse the affected area. Not only does a […]

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Update to the Principal Investigator’s Guide to Environmental Health and Safety Policies

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) has updated the Principal Investigator’s Guide to EHS Policies and Procedures and the current version is now on our website under Forms/Documents. What is the Principal Investigator’s Guide to EHS Policies and Procedures? This document outlines health and safety topics that all PIs should review with new members […]

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Fire Safety

LOOK (for places where a fire could start) LISTEN (for the sound of the smoke alarm) LEARN (two ways out of every room) Do you know where the fire extinguisher is located? OSHA requires that fire extinguishers receive two types of inspections to ensure that they work when activated: Monthly visual inspection: The responsibility of […]

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Reminders for Returning to Laboratory Research

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 including a Return to Laboratory Research Checklist available on the EHSO website. There are also several other guidance documents provided on the […]

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