Biosafety Month 2018
October 1st, 2018

“Promoting a Culture of Biosafety and Responsibility”

October 1st

Learn more about Duke’s Focus on PPE during the 2018 National Biosafety Month!

October 2018, National Biosafety Month

Promoting a Culture of Biosafety and Responsibility”

Every year, the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA
International) designates October as the BIOSAFETY MONTH. It is a period of
time when individuals and organizations are encouraged to focus on and
reinforce their attention to biosafety and biosecurity standards.

This year, the Division of Biological Safety within the
Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) at Duke will focus on
promoting awareness and proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The
term PPE refers to protective clothing, gloves and respiratory apparatus
designed to shield an individual from chemical, biological, and physical
hazards. Accidental occupational infections could occur from occupational
exposures in laboratories, hospitals, and animal
handling facilities. In order to prevent such infections, the proper use of
appropriate PPE and other biosafety and biosecurity measures are important.

In some work environments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be provided and used to
protect personnel against hazards capable of causing injury, illness, or
impairment. It is the policy of Duke University to provide PPE that is appropriate
to each employee’s work responsibilities and environment.

Refer to the following Duke Policies, Manuals and CDC resources for more information. 



For general information on Personal Protective Equipment, other safety topics and safety tools, visit the following links:

Please contact us with any questions or concerns: Division of Biological Safety, 919-684-8822