Returning to Laboratory Research at Lower Density

The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) and the Office of Research Administration (ORA) in concert with Emory Executive Leadership have developed requirements and guidance for the Phased Return of Research to Campus.

As stated in the guidance communicated by Emory’s Executive Leadership on Friday, May 15th, EHSO has developed a mandatory training course that must be completed by all Emory Laboratory Personnel and Other University Personnel listed in BioRAFT (faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and trainees, and graduate students) returning to, as well as, those currently engaged in on-campus and community-based research activities. This training will be provided using Emory’s electronic laboratory management system, BioRAFT. An announcement with instructions on how to access the training will be sent to Emory’s research community via email the week of May 18th.

Additionally, a Return to Laboratory Research Checklist is available on the EHSO webpage. This checklist provides general laboratory safety considerations intended to aid research teams as they begin planning for laboratory research re-engagement that meets Emory’s requirements for lower density. The checklist was developed to minimize potential disruptions and to ensure the safety of all individuals working in Emory’s laboratory research facilities.

Please remember lab personnel are not to work alone. Social/physical distancing, as recommended by the CDC, must be observed if two or more individuals are in the lab. If it is unavoidable to be in the lab alone, please use other methods of communication, such as a  virtual buddy system, to check in and out with your supervisor or colleagues using text message, FaceTime, email, or telephone.

Wash your hands, practice social/physical distancing, wear a cloth face cover, and stay well.



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