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I am a postdoctoral scholar on a J-1 visa. Will there be a change to my visa status?
What if my lab is running low on face masks for research experiments?
Face shields may be an adequate substitute for a face mask in certain situations. Both provide protection from droplets, depending on the procedure. Please be sure to assess whether a face shield is adequate for a given procedure. Face shields are available as disposable and re-usable. If possible, secure and assign re-usable face shields for each person in the lab.
Will the university provide research staff with face masks as PHPE to protect against COVID-19?
Yes, the university will provide all faculty, staff and students with a disposable face mask for PHPE to protect against COVID-19. The university will also provide cleaning/disinfecting materials. Researchers will continue to be responsible for the PPE needed to meet the regulatory and safety requirements for specific experiments. Please see the University Guidance & Procurement of COVID-19 PPE & Supplies for more information.
Can I substitute face masks with respirators as PPE for research experiments?
No, face masks cannot be substituted for respirators and N95 masks as they do not provide the required respiratory protection. As a reminder, respirators and N95 masks should only be used as required by the research experiment or personal health needs; they should not be used as PHPE to protect against COVID-19.
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.
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.