Pandemic Preparedness For Researchers

For a comprehensive list of updates and guidance for Pitt research, visit the

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.

>> SARS CoV-2 Laboratory and Research Guidelines

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.

>> Safety Guidelines For Essential Research Personnel

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 or 412–624–9505.

>>  A Checklist for the Temporary Suspension of Laboratory Activities 

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)