☐ The lab or other facility is prepared to comply with the requirements of the Research Restart Guidelines, including:
☐ Maintain 6-foot physical separation between all individuals (or use surgical masks in the rare cases in which this is not possible and keep those situations to the shortest time possible).
☐ Work together to dedensify research facilities to no more than one person per 60 square feet. In most facilities, this will require a plan to limit the number of people permitted in a facility at any one time, dividing research personnel into shifts, and scheduling shared facilities and equipment. Sometimes a density of no more than one person per every 60 square feet cannot be maintained. Those situations should be kept to the shortest time possible and surgical face masks should be used.
☐ Wear a cloth or similar face mask whenever the researcher is inside a university building or other research facility, except when alone in the individual’s private office.
☐ Use appropriate PPE whenever required by the nature of the research activity.
☐ Clean research equipment both before use begins and after it is completed and clean “high-touch” surfaces regularly.
☐ Maintain good personal hygiene. This includes washing hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap regularly throughout the day and upon entering and before exiting all buildings, using hand sanitizer when hand-washing facilities are unavailable, and covering coughs and sneezes.
☐ Ensure symptomatic colleagues stay or return home as soon as symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing) develop.
Comply with the university’s policy on checking for symptoms of COVID-19, testing for COVID-19, tracing people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, and quarantining people who test positive for COVID-19 or who are likely to have been exposed to it, as described by the Restart Committee.
☐ Participate in a “buddy” safety system so that any researcher working alone in a research facility in which dangerous chemicals, equipment, or other material are used has an identified “buddy” working elsewhere in the building or who is in contact electronically and is aware of the researcher’s presence in the facility.
☐ For research in patient care areas, researchers must also adhere to all requirements in effect for those areas.
☐ For fieldwork and other research conducted in facilities under the control of an entity other than IU, researchers must comply with the policies of that third party and with applicable law in that jurisdiction, in addition to the Research Restart Guidelines.