NMR operations during the COVID-19 Crisis

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Justin Douglas (justindouglas@ku.edu) – KU NMR lab v1.0 5/13/20

The KU NMR core lab staff have devised a phased reopening plan that is detailed below.  The objective of this plan is to:

  • To reduce the possibility that shared lab space in the NMR core lab becomes a transmission hotspot.
  • To protect the health and well-being of the staff of the NMR core lab who must perform essential weekly maintenance on the instruments.

The guiding philosophy of the reopening plan is to enable research while minimizing the number of different people accessing lab space and instruments, both cumulatively and concurrently.

Phase 1.  Staff only

Effective immediately (May 13, 2020) until June 9, 2020 at the soonest, access to the NMR core laboratory is restricted to staff only.  KU NMR core lab staff (JTD, LH and SAN) are the only people authorized to enter Malott B042, ISB B143-7, SBC 1000, 1004, 1033 and 1081, and McCollum 21. 

Coinciding with the reopening on ISB and SBC on May 26, 2020, the staff will arrange a daily (M-F) "contactless" sample drop-off/pick-up at an external location.  Details about this process are described in another document.

Phase 2.  Limited access

Assuming there are no significant setbacks in the larger “reawakening plan” for the university, the NMR core lab space will relax restrictions starting on June 9, 2020.  At that time, one person per lab will be designated by the PI or PIs for NMR access.  This person will be permitted to enter the open access labs to load or submit samples.  Strict social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting rules will be enforced.  More details about this step will be announced as the date approaches.

Phase 3.  Open access with social distancing

Assuming there continue to be no significant setbacks, the NMR core lab will relax restrictions further starting June 23, 2020.  Access will be permitted for all users.  Strict social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting rules will be enforced.  More details about this phase will be announced as the date approaches.

 


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