On May 19, 2020, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (OSVPR) in consultation with the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine, provided guidance for the gradual and phased increase in on-campus research-related activities.
Principal Investigators with on-campus research needs in the Energy and Environmental Laboratory (EEL) or Land and Water (L&W) Research Building, should review the following information and submit a request to Return to Research below.
Current IEE Status
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Critical Penn State COVID-19 Resources
- OSVPR Return to Research
- Penn State Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) COVID-19 overview and information
- EHS Laboratory and Research Ramp Up Planning Guide and Checklist
- EHS Pandemic Supplies List
- EHS Guidance for Contractors, Vendors, and other Third Parties Performing Non-Construction Work
- COVID-19 Instructions for Supervisors - Assessment and Reporting
EEL and L&W Building Information
- EEL Ramp Up Slide Deck (IEE Director and EEL PI Meeting, May 19, 2020)
- EEL Building Floor Plans and Travel Paths
- Employees entering and working in EEL and L&W are
- Required to bring building, lab, and office access card and/or keys with you (buildings are secured 24/7)
- Required to individually swipe your PSU ID every time you enter the building. Do not allow others into the building on your card swipe.
- Required to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth
- Required to maintain a social distance of 6 ft or more from any other personnel
- Asked to self-quarantine for 14-days if returning to Centre County from a region with higher COVID-19 infection rates
- Encouraged to maintain a contact tracing log
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance to put on and remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Conference rooms and the auditorium are closed
- Kitchenettes will have limited chairs to meet social distancing requirements, please be courteous and stager break times
- Any employee who violates access and safety protocols may lose building access for 30 days. Report health and safety violations to IEE Safety Officer, Alan Witmer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Symptom Checker on Penn State Go App
Employees working or visiting campus are now required to download and use the Penn State Go app Symptom Checker to verify your health and potential risk factor. The process takes less than 1 minute to complete and you are expected to use it daily or every time you go to campus. If you pass, you can go to campus. If you do not, please stay home and notify your supervisor.
Submit a Plan
PI's that are ready to gradually increase on-campus research in the Energy and Environmental Laboratory (EEL) building should compile and submit the following information to IEE Safety Office and IEE Director using the submission button below. The information submitted will be routed for appropriate university approval. Only after approval is granted from the IEE Director should employees schedule time to visit EEL. We will review and bulk submit requests on Wednesday of each week.
- PI shall complete the Penn State Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Laboratory and Research Ramp Up Planning Guide and Checklist. PI's are encouraged to provide details in their lab specific COVID-19 safety plan (see 2 below), and refer to that plan in the notes section (e.g. "See attached COVID-19 Safety Plan") of the EHS Laboratory and Research Ramp Up Planning Guide and Checklist where appropriate.
- PI shall provide IEE with a lab specific COVID-19 Safety Plan and enter that plan in their on-site Lab Safety Binder(s).
- PI shall complete a list of research personnel.
Schedule a Time
Employees that have received approval for on-campus work and are familiar with their lab COVID-19 Safety Plan will need to schedule time in the building using the following calendar.
- Building occupancy is limited. Please be considerate of your fellow researchers and reserve only time needed.
- If you're sick, please notify your supervisor and stay home.
- Be prepared to reduce activity to that of an earlier phase, if and when needed.
- Only access EEL for the phase you are approved or less restrictive phases. Refer to the EEL Ramp Up Slide Deck (slide 3 and 6) for anticipated building occupancy quotas.