September 3, 2020
Environmental Health and Safety has developed two resources for researchers planning to conduct research or diagnostic activities with COVID-19 patient samples and/or SARS-CoV-2-related materials.
The first resource is a research biosafety and biocontainment decision guide that will inform researchers about the required containment for different types of materials and samples as well as the steps they need to take before beginning work.
The second document is a new SOP that defines the enhancements to standard BSL-2 containment practices that may be necessary depending on the materials researchers plan to use and activities they plan to conduct. This information as well as additional resources are available on the IBC website.
Researchers should contact the EHS Biosafety team with any questions about these materials or if they are contemplating any research with COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 related samples or materials so they can avoid unnecessary delays in getting started with the work.