University officials are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation, which changes frequently, and will inform the community about policies, procedures and activities related to UofL's virus protection and response efforts.
The University of Louisville site for information on COVID-19 can be found at https://louisville.edu/coronavirus.
Note: This site will be updated on an on-going basis. Check back here frequently for new updates and resources.
The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research facilities are
Essential personnel only
Contact to coordinate access
Masks are required in all public indoor settings on campus
Observe hygienic protocol:
Wash hands for 20 seconds w/soap & water upon entry to and exit from facility.
Wear issued lab coat, safety glasses, & mask. Do not loan or borrow.
After use, disinfect lab coat, safety glasses, & mask, then hang to dry.
Store lab coat, safety glasses, & mask at your desk. Do not take home.
Disinfect workstation, instrument knobs & buttons before & after use.
Maintain social distance of 6 feet from others. Do not exceed room capacity.
Prioritize experiments. Conduct those only if data are needed immediately.
Throw away gloves at the end of each day. Do not touch your face with gloves on.
Come to Phoenix House for hygiene supplies. Do not take from other labs.
Record your temperature throughout the day. Fever >100.4oF? Do Not Enter.
IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, REPORT, & GO HOME.
Failure to follow these guidelines will result in revocation of on-site privileges
Research Lab Reopen Plan
Researchers at UofL receive approval to return to research activities that were closed down in response to COVID-19 when that research can be done safely and with appropriate protection against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Conn Center submitted this plan for resuming research and received approval by the Dean of JB Speed School of Engineering and the Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation. The Research Laboratories Reopen Plan provides information about protocols, distancing, and protective equipment for the reopening of research laboratories.
1. Describe physical work arrangements for labs.
Physical work arrangements for Conn Center labs include adherence to posted room capacity at 250 square feet per person, maintenance of appropriate 6-foot social distancing spacing through floor markings and rearrangement of workspaces, prioritizing experiments, and staggered use scheduling. Rearrangement of workspaces includes one person per bay and alternating benches where appropriate. A plexiglas barrier installed at the unit business manager's workstation facilitates frequent in-person interactions for financial and shipping related tasks. Similarly, a heavy curtain installed in Lutz 010 of the Materials Characterization suite isolates Dr. Jasinski’s desk from the rest of the lab space.
2. Define detailed plans to disinfect laboratories and any work spaces.
All Conn Center laboratories utilize hygiene protocol, above, that includes multiple tenants for disinfection of personnel and facilities.
For personnel, all are requested to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water upon entry to and exit from facilities. Users are required to wear individually issued lab coats, safety glasses, and masks, and to disinfect these with alcohol-based disinfectant daily following use. Users follow glove use recommendations as well, including discarding of all used gloves at the end of each work shift. Users are each issued a digital thermometer for checking their body temperature throughout the day. Those with temperature over 100.4 degrees F are requested not to enter facilities. In addition, when feeling ill, users shall report this condition to PIs and go home, with further instructions to seek medical attention when appropriate.
For facilities, users are requested to disinfect workstation, instrument knobs and buttons before and after use using alcohol-based disinfectant and wipes provided for each laboratory. The Conn Center has allocated funds specifically for supplies of listed PPE, soaps, sanitizers, and dispensers for all 15 of its laboratories.
Each researcher keeps their PPE (labcoat, safety glasses, mask and thermometer) and has the responsibility of periodically disinfecting them for re-use. Each user disposes of used gloves. Researchers are not allowed to share individual PPE. Each lab is equipped with disinfecting sprays and liquid soaps, which are not shared between labs. All of the researchers who visit Conn Center labs may come to Phoenix House and receive necessary supplies as needed.
3. Responsibilities for on-campus researchers when they are outside the lab space.
On-campus researchers are encouraged to work remotely when they are not actively conducting experiments and/or accessing any special software. They are only allowed to sit in offices with limited number as identified in the posted maximum limit.
When on campus but outside the research lab, individuals shall wear face coverings in any common spaces, such as building lobbies, halls, meeting rooms, etc. When outside on campus, face masks will also be worn if others are present. While on campus, individuals shall follow the university 6-foot distancing guideline, the university 1 person per 250 sq ft guideline, and all CDC and KY State guidelines, such as good handwashing techniques (minimum 20 seconds), especially after touching use points. Common equipment outside of the research lab, such as copiers and ice machines, are disinfected with 70% alcohol,10% bleach, or other approved disinfectant before and after use.
4. Detail the appropriate PPE required in addition to what would normally be used.
All Conn Center facility users are required to wear individually issued lab coats, safety glasses, and masks, and to disinfect these with alcohol-based disinfectant daily following use. Users will follow glove use recommendations as well, including discarding of all used gloves at the end of each work shift. Users are each issued a digital thermometer for checking their body temperature throughout the day.
5. Describe your plan to accommodate employees involved in your research who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
Employees involved in Conn Center research who are higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness are encouraged to take necessary measures to mitigate exposure, including but not limited to taking precautions for hygiene, spacing, and scheduling as needed. The Conn Center has stipulated a strict hygiene protocol, above, which is designed to safeguard those in high-risk categories, and implemented spacing and capacity prohibitions that allow for safety and productivity within our facilities. We will work with those with additional requirement on a case-by-case basis, as needed.