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Fall cleaning…is your lab ready?

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Did you realize this is the last week of the recently announced National Biosafety Stewardship Month?

It’s time to assess, address, and update your lab’s safety standards.  You are probably aware that NIH requires its grantees and/or contractors to meet applicable Federal, State, and local health and safety standards.  You must also establish and implement necessary measures to minimize employees risk of injury or illness in activities related to NIH grants.



Based on their notice, NIH and other HHS agencies urge all institutions, grantees, and contractors to complete the following during this month (and throughout the year):

  • “Reexamine current policies and procedures for biosafety practices and oversight to ascertain whether they require modification to optimize their effectiveness
  • Conduct inventories of infectious agents and toxins in all laboratories to ensure that the institution has a record of which infectious agents and toxins are being utilized, has documentation that those materials are properly stored under the appropriate containment conditions, and has documentation that cites the party responsible for appropriate stewardship of the materials
  • Reinforce biosafety training of investigators, laboratory staff, and members of IBCs to include
    reexamining training materials and practices being utilized by the institution
  • Updating materials as appropriate
  • Ascertaining the appropriate frequency of training and conduct training when the interval between training or other considerations warrant it.”

The following guidelines are among resources available for use in developing and implementing health and safety operating procedures and practices for both personnel and facilities:

Yours in organization…


Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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