Laboratories & Research Operations


Harvard University 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 Harvard 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 (PI) will develop a plan that is reviewed by school leadership and enables research to continue safely. Use the following guidance to prepare, implement, and fine tune laboratory-specific plans.

COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Research

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

Crimson Clear Self-Assessment Tool

Please visit Building & Workplace Signage: Personal Responsibility Related for signage related to the Crimson Clear Self-Assessment Tool.

Visit Steps for a Safe Return to Labs to access the Crimson Clear Self-Assessment Tool and the steps for a safe return to laboratories.

Documents

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Audience: Laboratories, Building Managers, & Custodial Services

CD Number: CD079B

Cleaning procedures in laboratories as well as procedures to follow when laboratory personnel conducting work on-site test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This protocol is limited to locations where laboratory personnel work, eat, and use the restroom.

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Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD048A

Guidance on the proper fit, use, and care of face coverings (both disposable and reusable cloth) as required by Harvard University, the State of Massachusetts, and municipal orders.

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Audience: Laboratories

CD Number: CD077A

Template for laboratories to document their cleaning and disinfection protocols.

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Audience: Laboratories

CD Number: CD033A

This checklist is to be utilized if research activities need to be reduced or shut down.

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Audience: Harvard Employees (Non-Healthcare Setting)

CD Number: CD042C

General personal protective equipment (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 (JSA) for the specific task.

This document is available through the Return to the Workplace Planning Team or by contacting your EH&S Safety Officer.

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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 laboratory kits to use remotely.

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Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD041A

Template to identify critical functions and responsible personnel during COVID-19, weather, or other emergencies that may cause disruptions to research.

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Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD040A

COVID-19 safety and research continuity considerations for laboratories.

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Audience: Laboratories/Research Facilities

CD Number: CD062A

COVID-19 safety instructions for visitors in research laboratories.

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Audience: Faculty & Researchers

CD Number: CD043B

Guidance that includes a laboratory restart bulleted list, tips and resources for how to operate a laboratory with social distancing, and additional laboratory hygiene measures.

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Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD044B

Reusable safety glasses, goggles, and face shield information.

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Audience: Campus-Wide

CD Number: CD064B

Safety and procurement guidance on surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.