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Research

Experimental Lab‐Based Research Guidance

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General

This section applies to lab‐based research across USC campuses, including science, engineering, the health sciences, and more, defined by shared spaces, equipment, and other infrastructure. Because of the vast variety of lab research environments, research ramp‐up requires individual PI research ramp-up plans . PIs must ensure that personnel adhere to specified conditions of social distancing and hygiene.

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Basic Infection Prevention Measures

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Workplace Practices

  • Establish alternating days or add extra shifts to reduce total number of employees in the facilities at a given time; this would allow employees to maintain a safe distancing from one another.
  • Continue to practice physical distancing in the laboratory and all other workspaces.
  • Build up adequate stock of PPE.
  • Stagger schedule for our employees in support of physical distancing, including shifts. However, personnel should never work alone in any wet laboratory setting.
  • Consider the air refresh in laboratory buildings. Increase vent circulation in all lab areas and the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the buildings.
  • Avoid entering the workspace of others.
  • Place posters that encourage hand and respiratory hygiene to help stop the spread of COVID‐19 throughout research buildings.
  • Provide employees with hand sanitizer and PPEs to be utilized while at work.
  • Develop hygiene and etiquette standards in restrooms and common interaction areas (e.g., one person per standard restroom at any one time)
  • Office space: No more than 2 people in a standard office space at the same time. In large rooms, no more than 3 people in the same room and at least one cubicle/desk empty in between each person.
  • Design safe practices while dealing with package deliveries.
  • Insist on lunch and coffee‐break etiquette (consider regulating use of common coffee machines, microwave ovens).

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Healthy Business Operations Practices

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