COVID-19 Operations

Dear ARC users,

As you may have heard through a statement from the VPR office, steps are taken to reinstate some research capabilities. We, at ARC, have made plans to return gradually to operation in phase with the Governement of Newfoundland and Labrador and the CRWG recommendations. Please be aware that our opening phases may differ from the dates from the provincial government to accomodate our own requirements and lab space restrictions. Our priority is your safety as well as the safety of our staff and equipment while resuming samples analysis. 

You will find below all the informations necessary of our phased-approach return to activity. Please note that this webpage will be updated regularly to adjust to the ever-changing situation. (Last updated August 11th, 2021)

 We are currently running in Green 

Phases of return to operation

Green

Experienced users can run their samples. Density restrictions are in place to allow 1 person per 30 square ft
  • Senior users whose research is close to completion will be given priority.

  • Users must take COVID-19 online training.

  • Users must comply to all COVID-19 lab safety rules.

  • Users are encouraged to wear personal non-medical masks while in the lab.

  • Users must sign the cleaning checklist when leaving the lab.

  • Users who shows symptoms, even if mild, are not allowed in the lab

  • In-person training of new users is now permitted

Yellow

All samples are run by ARC staff.
  • CRWG has granted access to the user (proof required)

  • All contact with staff must be done by email

  • Online sample submission forms. All forms must be completed before dropping the samples

  • Sample drop off/pick up time must be arranged with the RLC in advance by email or phone.

  • Properly labeling of samples is essential. Failure to do so will result in the sample being discarded.

  • Grouping of samples/experiments is strongly encouraged

  • No training

Red

Lab Inspections performed by ARC staff. Remote research is supported.

ARC COVID-19 Lab Safety rules

  • Work only to be completed if access to campus approval has been forwarded to staff.
  • No new student to be trained at this time
  • MUN’s COVID19 training must be completed
  • People who shows symptoms, even if mild, are not allowed on the premises and should call 811 as per provincial regulation

  • Physical Distancing
    • Only one person at a time is allowed in a room
    • Users are not allowed to walk in to see if the room is free. All the checking and booking must be done online.
    • All data processing must be done remotely.
    • All communication with staff should be done by email or phone
    • Doors will remain closed at all time
  • Cleaning Procedure

    • All surfaces should be wiped down with the provided EtOH solution before and after usage. Use the spray bottle provided in the lab to spray the solution onto a paper towel before wiping down all surfaces. Do not spray directly on surface as it can cause damages
      • Door/Door handles
      • Freezer/fridge handles
      • Fume hood handles
      • Safety glasses
      • Instrument surfaces
      • Chair/desk if used
      • Any other surface touched
    • Handwashing should be repeated every 30 minutes
    • Keyboards are to be wrapped in plastic wrap and must be changed after use.
  • PPE
    • Masks should be worn at all time when in the lab
    • Gloves should be worn when manipulating samples
    • Do not enter the room with gloves worn outside the lab
  • Cleaning check list must be completed and signed when finished in the lab

Contact

CREAIT Network

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000