Covid-19 Operations

Dear CCART users,

As you may have heard through a statement from the VPR office, steps are taken to reinstate some research capabilities. We, at CCART, 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 March 30th, 2021)

Important note for requesting CRWG access:
  • Users who were granted access at Yellow level do no need to reapply, but still need to complete C-CART's COVID-19 lab safety

  • "e. Requests that require support from other units (e.g. CREAIT, Animal Care, Technical Services, Library, etc.) require researchers to coordinate the support directly with those units in advance of making a request to their supervisor. Please note that operations of the various support units are also all impacted by COVID-19. Also, each support unit will have its own COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan which must be followed by individuals receiving support from these units.” (VPR's statement 30/03/21)

 We are currently running in Green 

Phases of return to operation


Lab Inspections performed by C-CART staff. Remote research is supported.


All samples are run by C-CART 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

  • Samples must be dropped off/picked up at specific time and location (see below)

  • 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


Experienced users can run their samples. Only 1 person per instrument
  • Senior users whose research is close to completion will be given priority.

  • User has contacted C-CART staff and has been pre-approved for access.

  • CRWG has granted access to the user. Approval has been sent to C-CART

  • Users must complete C-CART's COVID-19 online training.

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

  • Users must respect the maximum of people allowed in the room posted on the door.
  • Access is only allowed M-F, 9-5
  • Users should wear personal non-medical masks while in the lab.

  • Users who show symptoms, even if mild, are not allowed on the premises and we recommend they contact 811.

  • No training of new users at the time. Untrained registered users can submit their samples online for staff to run.

Drop-off times/locations by Instruments

Users should contact C-CART staff by email prior to drop their sample and arrange a time to do so.

-NMR: M-F, 9-4:30, outside C1024
-MS: M-F, 9-5, oustide C1021
-MC/XRD: M-F, 9-5, outside C1023

C-CART COVID-19 Lab Safety rules

  • Cleaning Procedure

    • Handsanitizing is mandatory when entering the room
    • 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
      • Desk/Chair
      • Computer keyboard, mouse and screen
      • Instrument surfaces
    • Handsanitizing should be repeated every 30 minutes
  • 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 or lab coat worn outside the lab
  • Physical Distancing
    • The maximum number of people allowed in the room is posted on each door.
    • Only one person is allowed per instrument at all time.
    • Users are not be allowed to walk in to see if an instrument is free. All the checking
      and booking must be done online.
    • Access to the room might be granted only after discussion with staff.
    • All communication with staff should be made by email or phone.
    • Doors will remain locked at all time.


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