News & Events
Fall 2019 Events
12th: WASP Workshop 2.0: A Risk Worth Taking
Noon to 1:30pm @ the TLPDC
EHS is kicking off the 2019 Safe-Science Series with a revised session on Work Area Safety Plans (WASPs).
- This session is back by popular demand and has been restructured based on last year's feedback. We will be specifically addressing the WASP from the risk assessment standpoint. "What is a risk assessment? How do I know my risk assessment was thorough and each hazard was addressed appropriately?" Join us and bring a copy of your existing WASP to this working session for some food for thought over lunch. To feed your body and your mind, we're serving up EHS-created tools to take the sting out your WASP creation/revision and help you identify where you can improve your WASP with a peer review of plans to help you achieve the 2-year WASP review required by university policy. This session is for anyone who is in charge or revising or developing the WASP for their work area. Submit questions to email@example.com.
October (National Biosafety and Biosecurity Month)
3rd: Stop the Cycle on Bad Autoclave Habits
3pm to 4:30pm @ the TLPDC
- Are your autoclave skills up to spec? Take the pressure off the autoclave guessing
game by attending this Safe-Science Series on autoclave safety and use.
Join EHS as they hit the start button on Biosafety Month with a "hot" topic presentation by Chalmers Medical Group Vice President, Rich Apolinar. Rich has more than 25 years experience in Sterilization processes, Infection Control systems and equipment planning for Laboratory/Vivarium facility design.
Attendees will be provided information on the basics of autoclave cycles, what materials can be autoclaved (i.e., waste), proper PPE and safety precautions, appropriate loading practices, how to ensure decontamination of biowaste, and methods to verify autoclave performance.
Open to all faculty, staff and students who use autoclaves for research or teaching activities. Those who register by Monday, September 30th will receive free lunch. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
7th-11th: Handwashing / Glove Removal Challenges
Times and Locations will be updated closer to the event.
17th: Make BSC Usage a Breeze
11:45 to 1:15pm @ the TLPDC
- Your Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) only protects you, the environment, and potentially your
research materials when used properly. Let EHS help to calm the turbulence surrounding
appropriate and efficient BSC usage. Join us for the second Safe-Science Series celebrating
Biosafety Month as we host ThermoFisher Controlled Environment Specialist, Craig Jarvis,
to discuss BSC basics.
Topics will include BSC design features, safe and proper use of BSCs (such as "tub in-tub out" and proper BSC decontamination) and required maintenance to keep your BSC flowing in the right direction.
Open to all faculty, staff and students who use or are looking to use BSCs for research or teaching activities. Those who register by Monday, October 14th will receive free lunch. Door prizes will be equipment or materials to ease your work inside your BSC. Contact email@example.com with questions.
24th: Regulations Can Be a Maize! Don't get lost in the recent updates to the BMBL
3:30 to 4:30pm @ the TLPDC
- The weather is changing and so is the BMBL! Join EHS for the 3rd Safe-Science Series
of Biosafety Month 2019, and avoid corn-fusion about the recent updates to the NIH/CDC
guidance for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) and how
they may affect you. This session is a wonderfall opportunity to leaf bad biosafety
practices behind and start harvesting ideas about how to implement the new crop of
All laboratories which participate in biological research are subject to the NIH/CDC guidance for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). Open to all faculty, staff and students who work in biological laboratories. Those who register by Monday, October 21st will receive free lunch. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
31st: Don't Be Haunted by Poor Pipetting Technique
3:30 to 4:30pm @ the TLPDC
- This installation of the Safe-Science Series is to-die-for! Join EHS as we drop the
guillotine on Biosafety Month 2019.
Don't be tormented by poor pipetting. Vanquish poor pipetting technique by joining us as we host Lauren Centeno of Eppendorf. Lauren will help banish those frightening pipetting habits to improve accuracy, prevent contamination, and reduce the repugnant effects of repetitive strain injury (RSI). While this presentation won't help you with the things that go "bump in the night," you'll take comfort in knowing how to select the proper tools and consumables according to liquid type and how to properly maintain pipettes (e.g., decontamination, calibration, etc.) to make your investment last.
Proton packs, EMF detectors and surveillance equipment are not required to attend.
Open to all faculty, staff and students who use micropipettes for class or research activities. Those who register by Monday, October 28th will receive free lunch. Contact email@example.com with questions.
6th: Got Waste? Laboratory Waste Management
Noon to 1:30pm @ the TLPDC
- Got waste? If you're working in your lab, chances are that you've got waste. Waste
management can be one of the most intimidating and hazardous operations in the laboratory.
Join EHS's Laboratory Safety and Environmental Protection sections for the incredibly popular waste workshop; this will be the last session until spring for these handy face-to-face learning opportunities with EHS. Topics will cover collection to storage and everything in between, as well as properly preparing your waste for EHS pick up, disposal or treatment. Chemical, biological, glass and sharps waste will all be addressed. Come get your waste questions answered in this one-stop waste workshop! This is a slightly updated version from the Got Waste? Workshop presented in Spring 2019.
Open to all faculty, staff and students in laboratory work areas. Lunch will be provided for those who register by Monday, November 11th. Questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.