Coronavirus Updates

Guide for Research Labs

Guidance for all research laboratory supervisors on steps to temporarily ramp-down their laboratory, research support spaces and core facilities.

Ramping Down Lab Research Activity

On March 15, a communication to all Brown researchers advised that given the impact of novel coronavirus on Brown’s operations, principal investigators and laboratory leaders should immediately prepare for all non-critical, on-campus research to be restricted only to essential activities. Subsequently, research lab managers were provided guidance to temporarily ramp-down their laboratory, research support spaces and core facilities.

The guidance is designed to assist laboratory supervisors and lab members in steps to protect laboratory personnel and ensure the integrity of the valuable research being conducted at the University. Brown is offering best practices on a range of topics, informed by expertise in Environmental Health & Safety.

Topics in Research Laboratory, Research Support Space and Core Facility Ramp-Down addressed by EH&S:

  • Communications and Preparations
  • Research Materials
  • Animal Care
  • Shipping and Receiving
  • Equipment
  • Decontamination
  • Managing Waste
  • Research Facility Security

The full guidance on Research Laboratory, Research Support Space and Core Facility Ramp-Down is available to members of the University community. (Brown login credentials are required.)

Brown researchers with additional questions on how to safely suspend research activities in laboratories, support spaces or core facilities should contact [email protected].