Fall 2009 Conference
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Spring 2013 Conference - June 13-14

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Conference Information

University of Kentucky Autoclave Verification Program

David Hibbard has provided the following information relating to the University of Kentucky's Autoclave Verification Program:

Autoclave Training (7 MB)
Autoclave Verification Poster
Instructions for Use of 3M Attest Biological Indicator Test

Responses to the Laser Program Survey

Bill Fendt compiled the responses to the University Laser Program Survey which can be found in the PDF section of the Resources page.

Influenza Information

A collection of guides, information and resources concerning avian and pandemic influenza.

Web-based access to the Archives are now available.
See the Listserve FAQ for instructions.

Independent Third Party Commissioning of Biosafety-3 Laboratories

Vanderbilt University - Environmental Health and Safety Policy

Vanderbilt University - Commitment to Safety, Health and Environmental Protection

Deemed Export Controls

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Catalog
Homeland Security Case Studies


New DOT Security Regulations

Approaches to an Integrated Framework for Management and Disposal
of Low-Activity Radioactive Waste: Request for Comment

Personnel Security Checklist

Laboratory Security and Emergency Response Guidance for Laboratories Working with Select Agents
Traditional laboratory biosafety guidelines have emphasized use of optimal work practices, appropriate containment equipment, well-designed facilities, and administrative controls to minimize risks of unintentional infection or injury for laboratory workers and to prevent contamination of the outside environment.

Although clinical and research microbiology laboratories might contain dangerous biologic, chemical, and radioactive materials, to date, only a limited number of reports have been published of materials being used intentionally to injure laboratory workers or others. However, recently, concern has increased regarding possible use of them to persons who have a legitimate need to handle or use biologic, chemical, and radioactive materials as terrorism agents.

In the United States, recent terrorism incidents have resulted in the substantial enhancement of existing regulations and creation of new regulations governing laboratory security to prevent such incidents.

Lab Security for Select Agents

Cheri Hildreth Watts in September 2002 issue of Science Magazine

Tighter Security Reshapes Research

Left: Complying with new bioterror research rules is keeping Cheri Hildreth Watts of the University of Louisville busy this fall.

International Building Codes

On December 9, 1994, the International Code Council (ICC) was established as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national codes.

The ICC founders - the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) - created the ICC in response to technical disparities among the three sets of model codes now in use in the U.S. In the past, it was difficult for building industry professionals to move into different regions within the U.S., much less into an international environment. The ICC now offer a single, complete set of construction codes without regional limitations -- the International Codes. The new International Codes are quickly being adopted and a revised version is due in February of 2003.

Resources, Links and Related Articles:

Building Codes Revision Schedule

Building Codes Position Paper

OH&S is not selling anything or endorsing one vendor over another.

Final Action Agenda for consideration at the joint annual meeting of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials
(ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) in Fort Worth, Texas on October 1 -October 5, 2002. - Download

Disclaimer: The International Code State and Jurisdiction Adoption Charts are works in progress. The information contained herewith has been provided by individuals involved in local jurisdictions and state legislatures. ICC encourages its members and site visitors to submit comments, suggestions and/or corrections.

International Codes - Adoption by State
International Codes - Adoption by Jurisdiction

by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

This informal association founded by University of Louisville and University of Kentucky will meet 2 times per year (Spring and Fall) in Louisville, Kentucky at the Executive West Hotel to discuss matters of mutual interest to EHS directors at universities. The purpose of the Directors Roundtable is the timely sharing of information related to management and operation of EH&S units. Members will be limited to individuals with overall EH&S responsibility at their institutions. This is a regionally diverse group, as invitations were initially sent to over 35 schools from 20 different states with a majority of the schools coming from the midwest, northeast and southeast. | continued |

Vanderbilt University General Statement Of Environmental Health & Safety Compliance
submitted by Robert Wheaton, Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University recognizes and accepts its responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace for faculty, staff and students and conduct its operations in an environmentally sound manner complying with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Safety and environmental compliance are not the exclusive responsibilities of any one individual, department or office.


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