What you need to know now:
- Complete the Health Exception Request Form for approval to return to your research, in a lab or in the field. This form must include detailed procedures regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), infection control measures, and how your process will adhere to these guidelines as closely as possible. Travel to field sites will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis through this process. Stage Four Employee Operations Guidelines
- Higher risk employees who are part of vulnerable populations should be supported through alternative work arrangements. See the “Employees at Higher Risk and Vulnerable Populations” section above for guidance, and work with HR and Disability Services to determine appropriate accommodations as necessary.
- Within the research lab space, ensure these general campus guidelines related to physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, cleaning/disinfection, etc. are implemented. If you share lab space with another research team, please work collaboratively to develop procedures for staff rotation to ensure physical distancing, cleaning/disinfection protocols for shared equipment, etc.
- A cloth or disposable non-medical face covering does not replace any other recommended/required PPE for specific job duties or work spaces such as goggles, face shields, or respirators, and it should not interfere with the fit or function of other required PPE. For consultation on the use of face coverings with other PPE, contact EHS.
- Limit personnel in research labs to only those actively involved in the research projects. No visitors, please.
- Include additional practices in SOPs appropriate for specific types of research, such as travel to field sites.
- When planning workshops or events, you must follow guidance in ISU Roaring Back. This includes organizers and attendees physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Check with Scheduling before planning events to be held in the SUB or Rendezvous. Larger rooms in these buildings will be used for classes this academic year and academic classes take precedence when space is allocated.