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What type of face mask do I need to wear in the laboratory as PHPE to protect against COVID-19?

The university-supplied face mask for PHPE to protect against COVID-19 can be worn in the laboratory. Please see the Face Masks & PPE Guidance for Laboratory Personnel for more information.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 10:57am

How do I know if I was approved for Phase 2 of research ramp up?

Each School and Center submitted a research ramp up plan to the Integrative Safety Committee for review and approval based on individual lab and department plans submitted by investigators. Please connect with your Research Dean as to whether you are approved to initiate on-campus research activities in Phase 2 of research ramp up.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:22am

Is there anything that I need to do before initiating on-campus research activities?

Yes, before initiating on-campus research activities, faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students, must:

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:21am

How can I conserve my lab’s PPE inventory for research experiments?

While disposable PPE should not be reused, labs should evaluate whether activities can be planned so that the number of entries into a lab is reduced, thereby reducing the amount of disposable PPE that is needed. 
 
Additionally, use reusable respirators. Disposable respirators, such as N95 respirator masks, may be in short supply. Before your supply runs out, consider purchasing PAPRs, which are battery-powered, reusable respirators. 
 
Finally, secure your stocks of PPE. Make sure the PPE is in a locked cabinet or room that is accessible only to personnel who need it.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:19am

What on-campus research activities are approved for Phase 2 of research ramp up?

Phase 2 research ramp up is limited to minimal on-campus operations. Please see the below list of approved activities per type of research.

Basic Research: The focus will be on a gradual increase of on-campus research activities, performing experiments in the labs. This phase will help us to better understand the new workflow in wet labs to ensure the health and safety of faculty and staff, while also allowing us to ramp down on-campus research activities as needed if conditions change. Additional guidance is currently being developed for projects involving human samples/tissues.

Human Subjects Research: The focus will continue to be on preparing to resume face-to-face studies in a safe, effective manner once guidance is received from the Federal government. Continued use of remote work is encouraged where possible.

Humanities, Social Science, and Policy Research & Scholarship: The focus will continue to be on researchers working with their School and Center leadership to understand who needs to be on-campus and what scheduling might look like. Continued use of remote work is encouraged where possible.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:19am

Are there procedures I need to follow whenever I come on-campus?

Yes, prior to arriving on campus each workday, faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students, must complete a Daily Health Screening Survey to attest that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently come into contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Upon completing the survey, individuals will immediately receive an email confirming whether they can come to campus. Those approved to come to campus may be required to show the email to a school administrator, supervisor or building security guard upon arrival. The survey can be accessed via:

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:13am

Are there any research-specific COVID-19 trainings available to prepare for research ramp up?

The CITI Program’s COVID-19: Back to Campus [Fall 2020] course is currently available through October 2020 via the Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center CITI subscription. This course is optional.

The OVPR is also working on a Research Recovery Toolkit which will be available in early July via the Tufts Learning Center. This course will be optional.

There is also a return to campus training on line through Tufts’ Learning Management System that must be completed by all staff and faculty before returning to campus.

Last update: Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 11:53am

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.