College of Engineering Lab Ramp-Up: Employee Certification

Lab Reopening - Employees

University of Utah Guidelines for operations during COVID-19 are available on the university coronavirus web site coronavirus.utah.edu.

Information on allowable research under orange hazard levels is available on the Office of the Vice President for Research web site.

Lab / Employee Information

Individuals planning on working in College of Engineering laboratories must complete the form below.

Example: u0123456

Lab Safety & Confirmations

University guidelines for laboratories and research space are available at research.utah.edu. Guidelines for Orange status (moderate risk) are summarized below:
    • Only activities that can be safely conducted with limited personnel and appropriate situation-specific safety protocols, along with normal EHS guidelines, are permitted.
    • High hazard operations should be minimized.  
    • Proper PPE must be available for all people working in laboratories.
    • Face coverings (masks) must be worn properly (covering the nose and mouth). 
    • Small rooms (e.g., office, procedure room, tissue culture room) should have no more than one occupant.* 
    • To avoid physical overlap, time at the lab should be scheduled, such as through calendaring.*
    • Always maintain at least 6-feet of separation between people AND work areas. For example, only one person per bay or one person per half bay, depending on lab configuration.* 
    • In person interactions should be limited to <10 people with at least 6 feet of separation at all times. 
    • Each lab should maintain a check list of surfaces to sanitize at the start and end of each shift, including shared equipment and fridge doors/handles, etc.
    • Anyone who can work remotely should do so. 
    • Accommodations should be made for high risk personnel to work from home.
    • Students and post-doctoral researchers who are not comfortable working onsite should not be asked to do so.

* NOTE: College of Engineering lab safety policy requires a "buddy system" under which lab researchers are not allowed to work alone. This guidance might appear to conflict with that policy. To ensure a balance of safety and physical distancing, please ensure that at least one other person is within easy earshot, either in the same lab or in a nearby lab, at all times. If it is safe to do so, researchers are encouraged to leave doors open if they are alone in a room. *

I confirm that I have spoken with the head of my laboratory about procedures for ensuring physical distancing and hygiene and promise to follow those. *
Please indicate how comfortable you are about working in university laboratories at this time. *

If you are not comfortable being on campus or working in laboratories while the university is in Orange status, please inform your supervisor or department chair.

A copy of your responses will be sent to your laboratory supervisor.
Click submit one time and wait for confirmation message.