Our lab policies have not changed much since May when we last posted about our COVID-19 response. However, for the sake of posting the most up-to-date information possible, I would like to re-state the rules in place at this time, redefine who is allowed in the MCL, and what is required to use the MCL at this time.
People who qualify to enter the lab
All of our normal clients are welcome in the MCL at this time, provided they have adequate permissions and training. In addition to filling out the forms at the bottom of this post and receiving training by lab staff, all researchers must fulfill the necessary requirements in their sections below:
- Undergraduates must have permission through their PI to be working on campus. Their projects must be deemed essential in their respective department, and their participation in that project must be justifiable.
- On-campus users with a Bachelor’s degree or higher may perform research in the MCL as is deemed necessary by their PI.
- Off-campus users must receive permission from the lab manager to perform research. The research must be deemed safe enough to perform without staff present.
Additional lab rules while in Limited Research Activities
In addition to the usual rules that allow us to work in the lab safely, additional measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of germs between users.
- All lab time must be scheduled exactly. No adjustments will be made to approved time slots to either shorten or lengthen your time in the lab.
- Lab time will be scheduled such that there should be no more than 1-2 people per room at a time, with sufficient space to maintain 6 feet of distance between people. This may result in an increased waiting time before you are able to access certain machines.
- Wash your hands immediately upon entering the lab (there is a sink with dish soap and paper towels in the XRD room) and just before exiting the lab.
- If you are in the lab for more than 1 hour, wash your hands at least every hour while you are in the lab.
- If you leave the lab and return during your scheduled time, please wash your hands before leaving and after returning.
- Upon entry of the lab, fill out the Symptom Tracking form located on the front desk. A new form should be filled out each day you use the lab.
- A face mask or covering must be used to cover both your nose and mouth from the time you enter the building until you leave.
- Before you leave, use isopropanol (in a yellow-capped bottle) to clean every surface you have touched including (but not limited to)
- Door handles
- Chair backs
- Monitors, keyboards, and mice
- Glass slides, spatulas, tweezers
- USB devices
- Machine parts
To get approval to use the lab
In order to reenter the lab, all of the following steps must be completed.
- (For on-campus users only) Fill out the College of Engineering Employee Certification form. This declares your intent to use the MCL to the College of Engineering. The lab you are requesting to use is the MCL.
- Department: Materials Science and Engineering
- Laboratory supervisor’s name: Kimberly Watts
- Laboratory supervisor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By reading the rules in the sections above, you can answer “yes” to the question “I have spoken with the head of my laboratory about procedures for ensuring physical distancing“
- (For all users) Fill out the MCL Phase Orange approval form. This form is an MCL specific form, which we use to track our users. Fill this out with information about your own research and lab so we know how best to support your work.
When your forms have been reviewed, lab staff will contact you directly to resolve any issues and schedule your time in the lab. As always, please contact us if you have any concerns.