College of Engineering Lab Ramp-Up: Lab Manager Certification

Lab Reopening - Managers

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 / Manager Information

Before permission to open a laboratory will be granted, the Laboratory Manager (faculty or staff member responsible for the lab) must complete this form as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Ramp-Up Checklist.

Example: u0123456

Enter the building and room numbers for each lab you are responsible for (e.g. MEK 1234):

Lab Safety Precautions

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. *

Please indicate the measures you will put in place to ensure a safe working environment. (Not all are required.)

List all individuals that will be allowed to work in the laboratory. Each person will need to complete a Lab Ramp-Up Employee Certification Form.

I understand that while the risk status of university research operations is orange, employees have the right not to work in laboratories if they are uncomfortable, and I promise to honor the decision of any employee who chooses not to come to campus. *
Click submit one time and wait for confirmation message.