Pandemic Preparedness For Researchers

For a comprehensive list of updates and guidance for Pitt research, visit the Department of Public Safety's Emergency website for COVID-19 and Researchers.

Updated March 23, 2020

Essential Research Personnel

Guidelines have been developed for research and laboratory activities that are deemed essential under current guidance issued by the University of Pittsburgh.

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

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) 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)