We are currently in Phase 2 of returning to research, in which department on-site research activity is limited to 50% of our pre-COVID level.
Researchers must first obtain a saliva COVID-19 test (results are given directly to participant), complete an online REHS-COVID training course, and submit a Docusign form attesting to the voluntary nature of R2R (this form is signed by the student/postdoc, followed by the PI and then by our Divisional Dean). It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that researchers have completed the REHS-COVID training and that the Docusign paperwork has been signed by both researcher and PI. Upon receipt of a negative saliva test (cleared for R2R) and completion of the REHS training/Docusign paperwork, the researcher can return to the laboratory in CCB, WRL, or Life Sciences.
Other basic rules, guidelines, and information:
- Occupants must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing at all times.
- Cleaning of individual labs is the responsibility of PIs and researchers who should use good judgement in local decisions.
- Cleaning of common equipment: equipment must be properly cleaned prior to and after use.
- For the moment we will use 70% EtOH. Paper towels/wipes/lens paper which will be available in the appropriate common areas. If they are not there next week, please bring your own bottle of 70% EtOH with you, so that you can properly clean the equipment.
- All group meetings should be conducted via remote platforms.
- PIs are encouraged to allow researchers to work from home whenever possible – anything that can be done at home should be done at home.
- Social distancing reminders and traffic flow signs will be posted throughout the building.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be installed by Facilities throughout our buildings in the near future.
Please be reminded that this is a community effort. We are all in this together, and our actions potentially impact everyone. While our buildings will not be policed or monitored, we will be relying on each other to regulate and report. The more that we can support each other and work together, the greater the chance of successful return to research and further ramp-up.