Updated on 7/8/20
As HMS works towards the process of reopening for on-site research, we will continue to keep this page updated with Department guidelines and School resources to help you through the process.  

HMS is now in the process of shifting from Phase 2 to Phase 2B of allowing increased density of up to 50% standard occupancy (from 25%) in labs as long as distancing rules of 6 feet or greater can be observed.  This will begin on a lab-by-lab basis, with revisions of lab plans for Phase 2B, subject for approval by the Department Chair (Stephen Blacklow) or the Department Director of Research Administrator (Marie Bao).

Working on campus:
• Masks must be worn at ALL times

• Before you leave home, log into Crimson Clear with your Harvard key, and complete the self-assessment questionnaire before you leave home.  Attestation to a good state of health will be required for a daily access pass, which must be shown to the security staff for entry authorization. If you feel at all unwell, please stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact Harvard University Health Services (617-495-5711: press the * key to contact or leave a message).

Parking options, including discounted garage access and half-day passes, can be found here.   If these options present significant challenges for you, please contact Marie Bao, Department Director of Research Administrator. 

• Building access will be limited to passage through one of three security checkpoints (C-Building/TMEC, Goldenson/Armenise, NRB). If necessary, please form a queue adhering to social distancing guidelines of six feet or more between individuals in line. There should be distance indicators to assist you. Please exit from the entrance you used.

• Switch the mask you pick up at the entrance with your “commute” mask when you reach lab.

• When you wrap up work each day, have a plan in place for what you would do if you won’t be able to go in for your next shift for any reason.

• Shift discipline is important (for those of you operating shifts) and lab members are NOT allowed to trade shifts with each other.

• Please abide by the 6am-10:30pm window and do not come in earlier or stay later. The 10:30pm cut off time is to ensure that custodial services can have enough time to safely clean the building space.  Please be conscious of their safety, in addition to the safety of your lab members. 

• HMS information regarding lab opening can be found here. If you have a COVID-19 safety concern, you can report it to your COVID-19 safety officer, your PI, the department administrator, and/or the HMS COVID-19 Advisory Team via the form here.

Baseline Viral Testing:
To protect the health and safety of both those returning to campus as well as essential on-site workers, the University requests that authorized researchers and lab personnel complete a baseline viral test for SARS-COV-2 through a special Harvard University Health Services facility within the first two weeks of returning to a laboratory facility. Harvard University Health Services will administer the test at no cost to the individual or the lab.

https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IakFGuP9NLXGzb

Cleaning Resources:
**Always clean with appropriate disinfectant any surface BEFORE and AFTER use.**

EH&S Resuming On-Campus Guidelines updated 5/28/2020

EPA List of Disinfectants to use against SARS-CoV-2

Questions or Concerns? If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ramp-up process in general or about your lab’s ramp-up plans in particular, please discuss with your lab’s COVID-19 safety officer.  Please also don’t hesitate to contact Marie Bao, BCMP Director of Research Administration or Stephen Blacklow, Chair of BCMP.


Additional Resources:

  • BCMP Scheduling for Dark Room C-211A (for Phase II ONLY)  Please check that no other person is utilizing the dark room before entering.  Sign up using this calendar link