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A resource guide to assist with your approved plan for increasing research activity in Phase 1.

PREPARING FOR A RETURN TO THE LAB

  • Review “Adjust the Workplace”, “Adjust Work Processes” and “Provide PPE” at Workplace Health and Safety Guidance and Guidelines for Travelling on Campus.
    • One way to adjust the workplace is to employ signage to assist with things such as spacing and directional flow.  Facilities Services will post signage for entrances, exits, stairwell and elevator use and will cover the reasonable cost of signage for individual research labs on campus sourced through Media Production Services.  Floor stickers to indicate physical distancing, directional arrows and handwashing signage for individual labs can be ordered from Media Production Services at mps@mcmaster.ca.  Orders will be available within 24-48 hours for pick-up in DSB B111. Plexiglass is available from Facilities Services. Disinfectant will be provided to your lab.  Wipes and sanitizer is available from Scientific Stores.
    • Review the Guidelines for Research Lab Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As shown in the hierarchy and in line with Public Health guidelines, physical distancing, and adjusting workplaces and processes, to include staggered work times and days, and frequent handwashing are far more effective than using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to control the spread of COVID-19. Work in the lab during Phase 1 should be scheduled accordingly to facilitate these practices with people coming in for research component only and then continuing to work from home for the remainder of their work.  PPE is not a replacement for the other controls and physical distancing and good hygiene practices remain the goal for working during this phase. Consult with Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services (EOHHS) or the FHS Safety Office if you have determined that PPE is required after having evaluated the other hazard control measures.  Detail on obtaining PPE, if needed, can be found at Scientific Stores. Master personnel undertaking research at any of our partner hospitals or at MIP are to follow the directives of that institution.

PREPARING FOR A RETURN TO FIELDWORK:

CHECKLISTS AND SOPs:

  • Personnel should review and operate in alignment with McMaster’s RMM304 Working Alone Program.
  • Researchers should complete the Supervisor Checklist and Lab Worker Checklist. This may also be a good time to update the Supervisor Inspection Form – Lab.
  • On a daily basis each person should complete and retain the Employee/Researcher Checklist. This is part of the self-screening process.
  • Complete Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as directed by your Department or Faculty. Note that these plans will need to change over time as phases change and new information is available from Public Health and updated Guidance materials.  Be sure to review health and safety policies and guidelines with lab personnel and establish appropriate protocols relevant to your particular research environment and communicate this information to lab personnel verbally and in writing.

PARKING:

  • Accessing parking and your lab on campus:
    • Parking gates on campus will remain “up” for the initial return to research on campus. Please park in your assigned lot if you normally park on upper campus. Please continue to only park in designate parking spaces. The lots in west campus and at Ward Avenue remain closed and the shuttle service is not operating at this time. Those with a west campus permit may park in any of the upper campus lots temporarily.

BUILDINGS:

  • Buildings will remain locked and secured during the Phase 1 return to campus.
    • If your building is secured by key access, and you do not have a key to the building, but require one during this time, please have your departmental key clerk fill out the key request form at https://skweb.services.mcmaster.ca/simplek (note you must be logged into McMaster via the VPN in order to access this site). If you have any questions, please email keys@mcmaster.ca. Keys will be available within 48 hours of receiving your request. Keys will need to be returned to Facilities Services when buildings re-open.
    • If your building is secured by access card and you currently have authorized card access, you will retain that same level of authorization. If you do not have this permission on your current card (either building exterior door or interior door) or need to request card access for someone in your lab, please contact axiomrep@mcmaster.ca. Access requests will be processed within 48 hours. If access is removed when buildings re-open, please process separate request to axiomrep@mcmaster.ca at that time.
    • Please do not prop doors open or leave work areas insecure upon departure.