Working in the Pelton Lab Under COVID-19 Stage 4

General Guidelines

  • Only people who have received authorization from the Office of the Vice President of Research, through Dr. Pelton, are allowed to work in the lab.
  • Safety remains the top priority for work in the lab. All of the safety guidelines that usually apply must still be followed, with additional restrictions and precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • This list of specific lab guidelines is in addition to the department procedures,and the university procedures.
  • These guidelines are subject to change, as we learn about effective procedures and as we receive additional guidance from the department, the university, and the state. Please check this page regularly for updates.
  • For practical purposes, there are no longer limits on the number of people who can be in the lab at the time. However, in any spaces, you must maintain a six-foot separation from other people at all times. The only exception are rare, brief periods (less than five minutes) for training.
  • You are allowed to work only in the Pelton lab (Physics building room 306B) and any other spaces that you have specific authorization to work in.
  • If you have access to the building, you have been provided with shortcuts to install on your phone for building entry and exit. Use these linked forms to log in and out of the building every time you arrive and leave.
  • See here for instructions on use of the shared TEM and SEM facilities.
  • Erik Crowe will be the only user of the Physics machine shop. If you need a part machined, you will need to order the material and have it delivered to him (or leave it outside Physics 016). Erik will leave the part for you at an agreed-upon location.
  • If you are working along in the lab, you need to follow the existing safety guidelines for working alone in the Pelton lab.

Preventing Contagion

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap as soon as you arrive on the third floor of the Physics building, before beginning any work.
  • Face masks must be worn in all shared spaces inside any campus buildings. You are also required to wear a face mask in the lab at any time that there is another person in the lab (regardless of how far apart you are). It is preferred that you bring in your own reusable cloth face mask, and make sure that you clean your mask regularly. Masks will be available in the lab if you are not able to use your own mask.
  • All disinfecting wipes, gloves, disposable masks, and other PPE must be disposed of in the lab trash, which will be left outside the door of the lab.
  • Other researchers will be working in other rooms in the Physics building. You must wear a face mask at all times inside the building, and maintain a 6-foot separation from other people, including in the hallways, washrooms, etc. Avoid using elevators if possible.
  • If you or anybody in your household experiences possible COVID-19 symptoms, has a positive coronavirus test, or has reason to believe that they have been exposed to the coronavirus, do not come on campus. You must contact me and the Physics Department Chair immediately. If this happens, the lab will be shut down for a week, and you must self-quarantine for two weeks.