Laboratories & Research Facilities



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.

Title Audience Summary Updated Document Control Number
Face Coverings: General Use Campus-Wide 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 05/28/2020 Link CD048A
Ramp-Down Checklist Laboratories To be used if research activities need to be reduced or shut down 03/09/2020 Link CD033A
Remote Guidance Teaching Labs 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 07/02/2020 Link CD047B
Research Continuity Framework Laboratories/Research Facilities Template to identify critical functions and responsible personnel during COVID, weather, or other emergencies that may cause disruptions to research 03/09/2020 Link CD041A
Research Continuity Guidance Laboratories/Research Facilities Safety and research continuity considerations for labs during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic 03/09/2020 Link CD040A
Research Laboratory Visitors Laboratories/Research Facilities COVID-19 safety instructions for visitors in research laboratories 06/11/2020 Link CD062A
Resuming On-Campus Research Faculty & Researchers 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 05/28/2020 Link CD043B
Reusable Safety Glasses/Goggles/Face Shields: Use, Care, and Decontamination Campus-Wide This document has been updated for both lab and non-lab audiences 05/12/2020 Link CD044B
SARS-CoV-2 Surface Disinfectant Guidance Campus-Wide Guidance on safety and procurement of surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 06/09/2020 Link CD064B