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What should labs do now to reduce the risk of spreading illness?

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  • First and foremost, do not come into the lab unless you are essential staff performing critical functions identified and approved in a Laboratory Research Continuity Plan in Essential Research SmartSheets.
  • To reduce the risk of spreading illness, including COVID-19, colds, and flu, follow prevention and well-being guidance on the Health Alerts website. Stay home when feeling unwell, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, don’t share food and drinks, and clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently (e.g., door knobs, desks, phones).
  • Reduce density and allow “social distancing” of lab/research personnel.
  • Increase disinfecting of laboratory and communal spaces, including lab benches and chairs, equipment, common rooms. The University has employed enhanced cleaning, focusing on communal spaces with high traffic and high use. To assist janitorial staff, tidy up laboratory spaces now and inventory, and, as always, label dangerous reagents and sensitive instrumentation for which services staff should steer clear. Follow guidance on cleaning Laboratory Spaces and Adjoining Offices on this website. If you are working from home, do not return to the lab to do this now.
  • Consider conducting meetings via phone or video, following the telecommute guidance provided by UIT.