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Information for researchers and research support personnel
Penn State College of Medicine’s research enterprise is committed to the health and safety of its faculty, staff and learners. The following guidance is designed for College of Medicine employees engaged in the research mission, either working on site in Hershey or remotely.
- Follow all general safety guidance
- Post occupancy of any room or lab in use, and post a schedule each week on the door or exterior bulletin board.
- Return-to-work authorization For the College of Medicine to fully participate in the University’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program, any on-campus employee and their supervisor should complete the University Return to Work Authorization Form. Employees should check with their department administrator to see if this form has already been submitted on their behalf. Full participation in this program, along with contact tracing, will greatly mitigate the risk of infection and help provide a safe working environment at the College of Medicine.
- Be familiar with safe rampdown plan should it need to be implemented
- Lab cleaning guidance
- SOP for shared facilities
- For supervisors: COVID-19 assessment/reporting guide
- Vendor visitation guidance (includes policy and required online pre-screening questionnaire)
- Tip sheet: Research labs and potential COVID-19 impacts
- Tip sheet: Rapid lab shutdown and decon SOP
- Requirements before work with COVID-19 human materials
- More Biosafety resources
- Updated Nov. 20, 2020: Revised standards for human subjects-related research
Effective Nov. 23, 2020, Penn State College of Medicine and Pen State Health will pause all clinical research studies involving in-person interaction with participants that do not have a direct drug or device therapeutic benefit. See details here.
- Study participant screening script
- Remote access for trial reviewers/monitors