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The Office of Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) have established guiding principles and requirements for the safe reopening of research laboratories and work spaces on campus.

To ensure campus safety, while increasing research activity on campus, the following guiding principles are used:

  1. Follow National, State and Local Public Health directives and guidance for mitigating the spread of COVID-19;
  2. Protect the health and safety of the campus and establish guidance for use within research laboratories and other work spaces;
  3. Ensure the continuation of the University's mission to create transformative knowledge, to provide trainees with educational and research opportunities, foster scholarship, enhance our diversity and meet the challenges of the 21st century while protecting the health and safety of the UIC community;
  4. Help establish UIC as a "COVID-19 Center of Safety Excellence", where trainees, staff and faculty are provided the safest learning and research environment.

EHSO has established a set of requirements that must be completed to ensure the health and safety of the research community on campus.  All steps must be completed by May 15th for those research spaces currently operating, and before resuming research or starting new research projects.

  1. All Principal Investigators (PIs) must register with BioRAFT, a research management tool that tracks all labs, lab members, research hazards and safety training requirements.
    1. Identify your building, labs and work spaces, and contact information
    2. Indicate your group’s emergency operational status
    3. Add all research group members and identify research activities
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Lab Reopening Checklist within BioRAFT.
    1. Access the COVID-19 checklist via self-inspections
    2. Read the checklist and answer the questions
    3. Save the self-inspection document
  3. EHSO will review and approve the COVID-19 Checklist.
  4. Dean and Department Head Approval for Research Operations after COVID-19 Checklist Completed.
  5. EHSO will follow-up with the laboratory or other research work site check to ensure campus guidance on COVID-19 is being followed.

Anonymous Reporting of Safety Concerns

EHSO has developed an anonymous safety reporting form, where trainees, staff and faculty can report safety concerns on campus. The anonymous reporting tool hides IP addresses and Mac addresses to keep the employee’s computer information hidden.

Questions can be directed to Kevin Cisner at kcisne1@uic.edu.

Joanna Groden
Vice Chancellor for Research

John Coronado
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services