RESEARCH CONTINUITY: UCI Animal Care & Research
Practicing physical distancing while working with animals requires effective communication between all research team members and ULAR staff. Before working alone in labs and procedure rooms please consider notifying your research teammates about the following:
- Where you’ll be (i.e., provide them with building and room numbers),
- What you’ll be doing (i.e., the procedures you’ll be performing),
- When you plan to start work and when you anticipate finishing,
- How they can reach you in case of an emergency, and
- How you can reach them in case you experience an emergency or other urgent situation while working alone.
- If safety procedures require working with a buddy, the employees should always adhere to their team’s approved research transition plan and plans for physical distancing in ULAR space except when doing so would endanger the safety and wellbeing of one or both employees.
Return laboratory records, including lab notebooks, papers and data (on laptop computers or storage devices). If researchers need these records at home for conducting non-laboratory research, then retain copies at home and bring original records back to UCI. Please utilize the records inventory created during the ramp down process to facilitate returning these records.
UCI’s research community has responded quickly and risen to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
Thank you to the animal husbandry and veterinary staff, researchers, faculty, and everyone else for taking care of the animals and for doing their part in minimizing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our animal care and use program.
Please know, UCI offers guidance on how to remain healthy and deal with the emotional impacts of the outbreak – see the HR Guidance Resources and HR Disaster Relief for more information (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with virtually any issue).