For a comprehensive list of updates and guidance for Pitt research, visit the coronavirus.pitt.edu.
Updated June 3, 2020
Research Restart Resources
Guidelines to resume laboratory research.
>> Pandemic Safety Officer Responsibilities
>> Laboratory Start-Up Checklist
>> Laboratory Occupancy Guidelines
>> Disinfectants: Information and Recommendations
>> PPE and Face Coverings Guidance for Special Use Cases
>> Template for COVID-19 Unit Specific Mitigation Plan
SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory and Research Guidelines
Guidelines for research activities with SARS-CoV-2 and/or clinical specimens from suspect or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Essential Research Personnel
Essential personnel and essential research activity must not circumvent existing safety practices. Changes to safety practices, including required PPE and the use of EPA-registered disinfectants, must be approved by EH&S, particularly during this unprecedented pandemic situation.
Temporary Suspension of Lab Activities
Pitt's Department of Environmental Health and Safety is offering this general checklist of safety related actions that research staff should consider when preparing their laboratory areas for a temporary suspension of activities. The list is not exhaustive but is intended to serve as general guidance for safely suspending your laboratory activity. Specific questions may be addressed to EH&S at ehs.pitt.edu or 412–624–9505.
Pandemic Preparedness for Researchers
A series of questions are designed to guide principal investigators through a self-examination of pandemic preparedness for their research:
>> Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Researchers (PDF file)