The Laboratory Safety Plan During COVID-19 template is provided to assist researchers in clarifying how their laboratory intends to resume on-grounds research aligned with key health safety expectations developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). For more information see the VPR's Research Ramp-Up Toolkit.
The Lab Ramp-Up Checklist is provided to assist researchers in their lab-specific preparations for safely bringing their labs back online from temporary shutdown. The checklist provides guidance on public health considerations, and prioritized items to check upon immediate re-occupancy of spaces and as research activities restart.
The University of Virginia is closely monitoring the emergence of COVID-19, and consulting with experts at UVA Health, the Virginia Department of Health, the CDC and other partners. The top priority is the safety of the members of the University community, and UVA will make decisions based on public health guidance and current conditions here and elsewhere. Read more here.
EHS will continue to provide support to the UVA community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Please understand that most staff are working remotely in accordance with UVA leadership decisions and public health recommendations.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.
Letter to the Community, Melur Ramasubramanian (4/13/20)
In an effort to provide guidance and to improve efficiency and safety, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has been tasked by the Office of the Vice President for Research in consultation with the Provost to keep a register and serve as a liaison for these projects to the UVA community.
If you are using UVA resources (e.g., 3D printers or shops) for research or for innovation related to masks, respirators, face shields, ventilators, parts for medical devices, medical supplies, or other PPE or medical devices; and engaging in any of the activities listed below you are required to register with EHS.
EHS continues to support research focused on developing innovative prototype devices during the COVID-19 crisis. While EHS does not have authority to approve use of such devices, we can provide assistance and guidance on testing device prototypes, and identify standards and guidelines that are important for the design process.
UVA EHS Guidance Regarding New Respirator PPE Development in a Public Health Emergency [download]
Standards and Guidance for Developing Prototype PPE Devices [download]
Guidance Regarding FDA´s Emergency Use Authorization for Face Shields [download]