Laboratories & Research Operations

Harvard schools have committed to lowering the risk of COVID-19 infection within our community by implementing a cautious and phased approach to continuing research operations. The University Laboratory Reopening Planning Committee's Research Laboratory Re-Entry Plan provides the framework and guiding principles by which research may resume. In accordance with this Re-Entry Plan, each Principle Investigator will develop a plan that is reviewed by school leadership and enables research to continue safely. Use the guidance below to prepare, implement and fine tune laboratory-specific plans.

Please visit the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Research page for safety information and compliance requirements for laboratory research related to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.

For signage related to the Crimson Clear Self-Assessment tool please visit the Building & Workplace Signage Personal Responsibility Related page.

To access the Crimson Clear app and the steps for a safe return to labs, visit the Steps for a Safe Return to Labs page.


Updated May 28, 2020

Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD048A

This guidance provides University personnel with information on the proper fit, use, and care of face coverings (both disposable and reusable cloth) required by Harvard and State/Municipal orders

Updated Auguest 6, 2020

Audience: Laboratories

CD Number: CD077A

Template for labs to document their cleaning and disinfection protocols

Updated July 6, 2020

Audience: Harvard Employees (Non-Healthcare Setting)

CD Number: CD042C

General PPE to be worn by employees engaged in close-contact work, for which no engineering solution or procedure can be substituted to prevent close contact with another worker. Additional, different, or more protective PPE may be required by supervisors after conducting a Job Safety Analysis for the specific task.

Available Upon Request

Updated March 9, 2020

Audience: Laboratories

CD Number: CD033A

To be used if research activities need to be reduced or shut down

Updated August 11, 2020

Audience: Teaching Labs Faculty/Staff

CD Number: CD047B

Guidance for faculty and teaching staff who are considering conducting teaching demonstrations from home, and/or who will be sending students lab kits to use remotely

Updated March 9, 2020

Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD041A

Template to identify critical functions and responsible personnel during COVID, weather, or other emergencies that may cause disruptions to research

Updated March 9, 2020

Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD040A

Safety and research continuity considerations for labs during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Updated June 11, 2020

Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD062A

COVID-19 safety instructions for visitors in research laboratories

Updated May 28, 2020

Audience: Faculty & Researchers

CD Number: CD044B

This guidance document includes a lab re-start bullet list as well as tips and resources for how to operate a lab with social distancing & additional lab hygiene measures

Updated May 12, 2020

Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD044B

This document has been updated for both lab and non-lab audiences

Updated June 9, 2020

Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD064B

Guidance on safety and procurement of surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2

Updated July 9, 2020

Audience: Staff Hiring Vendors/Staff Managing Service Contractors

CD Number: CD070B

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to service contractors that are working onsite