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Ongoing Operations

Research Resources and Facilities

Our collective commitment to public health is essential to maintaining safe in-person research activity. To assist the Clemson research community, the Division of Research and Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety have put together several guidance documents to promote health:

Additional information on personal protective equipment, cleaning, sanitization and more is posted on the Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety website.

Important Reminder: Protect your health and the health of others by practicing the following interventions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Intervention:

Division of Research Operations

While in-person instruction resumes, some members of the Division of Research team continue to work remotely and are available and ready to support Clemson research. Division of Research team leaders can be reached via email and by phone. Visit the Division of Research offices linked at the bottom of this webpage for additional contact information.

Guidance on Use of Core Research Facilities

Please review the following guidelines for research at the Aquatic Animal Research Lab, Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility and Godley-Snell Research Center.

  • Aquatic Animal Research Lab

    With the return of students to IN-PERSON instruction, the University’s commitment to public health is essential to maintaining safe IN-PERSON research activity. There are still many unknowns surrounding COVID-19 so we continue to operate out of an abundance of caution.  Core facilities present unique challenges for offering a safe working environment during a pandemic. This shared lab space is utilized by multiple researchers; everyone must take responsibility for limiting the chances of transmission of COVID-19 (and other infectious diseases). All services previously provided by CORE staff during normal operations are again provided.

    These operating guidelines will be in effect until further notice and will be modified as needed.

    General Guidelines

    1. Do not enter the AARL if you have a fever, feel fatigued, reduced ability to taste, or any other unusual symptom. If you do, consult Redfern Health Services or The Sullivan Center for advice and COVID-19 testing.  Users must be symptom free and receive a negative COVID-19 test within 5 days of returning to the AARL facility.
    2. Users who have obvious symptoms of illness (coughing, sneezing, fever, loss of taste, prolonged headache, etc.) will be asked to leave the facility or reschedule appointment.
    3. Per Clemson University Biosafety, users who have recently recovered from illnesses such as COVID-19 are more vulnerable to lab-acquired infections. Such users may need to exercise additional precautions when resuming work in a research laboratory.
    4. Vulnerable populations, such as those with underlying medical conditions, should consider whether the AARL is an appropriate work environment; alternative personnel may be assigned to work in shared user spaces such as core facilities if they acquired the appropriate approval(s) and training
    5. Users with a presumed or confirmed positive COVID-19 test are asked to self-disclose by notifying our director, Dr. John Parrish at parris4@clemson.edu and the facility manager, John Smink smink@clemson.edu. This information will help us to maintain a safe work environment for other users and facility personnel.
    6. Frequent hand washing is encouraged. At a minimum, wash your hands upon entering and prior to leaving the facility.
    7. A mask is required at all times in the facility unless you are in an office or fish room by yourself. If you are not wearing a mask, you will be asked to leave and your access to the facility may be revoked.

     

    Who may work in the Facility?

    1. Those persons who have been authorized by the AARL Facility manager AND have an approved AUP, will be granted access. If your respective College or Department has additional requirements, those must be followed as well.
    2. All prospective users must be approved by the IACUC for a specific AUP and be approved by the facility manager before conducting any animal procedures or animal care tasks.
    3. The AARL is still CLOSED to all VISITORS.
    4. No tours of prospective students or visitors are allowed at this time without a written request to John Smink, facility manager. A confirmation email must be received, and a date and time must be approved. 

    How do you gain entry to the Facility?

    1. After IACUC approval, prospective users must contact the facility manager for a facility tour and facility SOP training.
    2. Once you are IACUC approved and trained on facility SOPs, your Tiger Stripe card will be activated to allow entry to both the P&A building and the AARL.  
    3. Investigators should still notify John Smink via email 48 hours ahead of time to schedule use of equipment, technician support, or use of procedural areas, etc.  
    4. New animal orders for IACUC approved protocols must be approved by Dr. John Parrish. New vendors must also be approved by Dr. John Parrish. 

    Personnel Protective Equipment

    1. All persons entering the AARL must were a face covering while in the facility.
    2. Upon entry, wash or sanitize your hands. There is a cart with hand sanitizer and surgical masks at the main entry to the facility.  
    3. Long pants or lab pants should be worn.
    4. Closed toe footwear must be worn. 

    Social Distancing

    1. Scheduling is critical to allow social distancing. Our goal is to have the fewest number of people in the Facility we can at one time.  Therefore, only one person, or group of people, will be allowed to work in a given space and only one person will be allowed to use a single piece of equipment at a time.
    2. Social Distancing may be a challenge at times in the AARL. Thus, the need for the PPE listed earlier. Please be respectful of each person’s space as you are walking through common areas of the lab. 

    Disinfection

    1. AARL personnel will disinfect surfaces commonly touched by personnel at least twice daily, including doorknobs/handles, work surfaces and light switches. AARL personnel will not disinfect any surfaces inside a PI’s lab. 
    2. Customers working with various instruments and in various spaces are asked to disinfect the areas after using them. Keyboards and other electrical interfaces should only be disinfected after powering the unit down.  All other equipment, chairs, work surfaces, etc., should also be disinfected.

    If you have any special concerns regarding your research animals or the conduct of your studies, please let us know.

    We will be available by individual email.

    Emergency Phone Numbers

    • John Parrish
      University Veterinarian
      864-723-0992
    • John Smink
      Facility Manager
      AARL
      864-650-0936
    • Angela Tran
      Technician
      AARL
      717-660-7930
    • Melody Willey
      Associate Director
      GSRC
      864-650-0936
  • Clemson Light Imaging Facility

    ACCESS

    As of March 18, users will no longer have electronic key access to the facility. As such, upon arrival, approved users or individuals dropping off pre-approved slides/samples must call CLIF personnel in order to obtain access to the facility. Personal contact information for the on-duty CLIF personnel will be supplied in the appointment/sample approval email, so be sure to take note of this information before arrival at the CLIF or you will not be able to enter the facility.

    SCHEDULING

    All regular sign-up services will be discontinued. Instead, all users must email facility director Terri Bruce at terri@clemson.edu to receive approval for:

    1. their arrival time and appointment length
    2. room where they will work and
    3. capability they will use.

    Upon receipt of the initial request, the Principle Investigator will be emailed a link to a Google Document request form. The Principle Investigator will then be required to fill out a Google Document detailing why the work is deemed ESSENTIAL. This means that the work is needed for December 2020 graduation, or for a grant report/application deadline on or before December 16, 2020. All other work should be considered non-essential and planned on for completion at a later date.

    If an imaging request or sample drop-off request is approved, the user and Principle Investigator will be notified via email. In addition to the appointment time or sample drop-off time, contact information for the CLIF personnel in charge on the assigned day will be included in the email. This is important, as all electronic key access to the Life Sciences Facility and the CLIF has been removed for everyone except essential personnel. To access the building and CLIF for appointments and sample drop-offs, the user must contact the CLIF personnel in charge upon arrival.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this unprecedented situation. We will be back to our normal operations as soon as we can be!

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    1. In each capability room, only one user will be allowed at a time. This means that all trainings and user assistance will be halted.
    2. For those capabilities where samples can be dropped-off for facility staff to work on them, sample drop-boxes will be provided outside the facility for users to drop their samples. Only samples pre-arranged and pre-approved via email with specific facility staff will be accepted. Results for these samples will be communicated to users through emails or deposited in a BOX account.

    GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES

    1. In each capability room, there will be alcohol-based hand sanitizer/soap in place. All users will be required to use hand sanitizer before they touch the keyboard/instruments.
    2. In each capability room, there will be a box of ‘disinfecting wet wipes’ or alcohol and lens paper. All users will be required to clean the ‘keyboard/mouse’, eye-pieces, focus knobs and any other areas of the equipment that they have touched after their usage.
      NOTE: It is extremely important to make sure that the eye-pieces of any microscope are disinfected properly as viruses may be spread via the eye and through contact with eye secretions!
    3. If gloves are used, hand sanitizer must still be used, as gloves can cause cross—contamination. Otherwise, gloves should not be worn.

    NOTE
    It is the CLIF Director’s right and responsibility to determine which work is deemed urgent and has priority based on business needs. During such circumstances, it is possible that some work may be delayed/postponed until conditions are normalized.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this unprecedented situation. We will be back to our normal operations as soon as possible!

  • Electron Microscopy Facility

    INTERNAL USERS

    All INTERNAL USERS who want to use the Electron Microscopy Facility must have AMRL Building access included on their Clemson University Tiger Card.

    EXTERNAL USERS (Industry and other Non-Profit Organization)

    External users may drop samples with instructions in “EM Facility Drop Box” outside AMRL building and notify facility staff via email, phone, text, etc. Facility staff can perform the work and transmit the data back to users through email or Box folder.

    External users also may choose to mail samples with instructions to 91 Technology Drive, AMRL Building, Anderson, S.C. 29625.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    1. Only one user will be allowed in a capability room at a time. This means that all trainings and user assistance will be halted. Depending upon new COVID-19 case trends, we plan to start new users’ one-on-one trainings from the beginning of October with proper PPE in place.  
    2. For those capabilities where samples can be dropped-off, sample drop boxes will be provided outside the facility. Only samples pre-arranged and pre-approved via email will be accepted. Results for these samples will be communicated to users through emails or deposited in a Box account.

    GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES

    1. In each capability room, there will be alcohol-based hand sanitizer/soap in place. All users will be required to use hand sanitizer before they touch the keyboard/instruments.
    2. In each capability room, there will be a box of ‘disinfecting wet wipes’ or alcohol and lens paper. All users will be required to clean the keyboard/mouse, eyepieces, focus knobs and any other areas of the equipment that they have touched after their usage.
    3. If gloves are used, hand sanitizer must still be used, as gloves can cause cross-contamination. Otherwise, gloves should not be worn.


    Thank you for your cooperation. We will be back to our full scale operations as soon as possible!

  • Godley-Snell Research Center

    Our aim is to support research and teaching activities while minimizing the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 at the Godley-Snell Research Center (GSRC) by requiring facemasks, enforcing social distancing, increasing sanitation and minimizing the numbers of people using GSRC facilities at any specific time.

    CURRENT OPERATIONS

    GSRC personnel will support research and teaching activities with the following guidelines:

    • A service request must be submitted 48 hours in advance to authorize entry. You do not have authorization to enter GSRC unless you have submitted a service request and received a confirmation email.
    • Facemasks are required for entry into GSRC. If you do not have a facemask, GSRC will provide a disposable mask for your use.
    • Animal research procedures will be scheduled to minimize the number of authorized people at GSRC at any time.
    • It is paramount that you be on time for your scheduled procedures. You will not be allowed to exceed the time requested for your work, if there are other users scheduled.
    • Only one project (preferably one person) will be scheduled in any procedure room at any one time. Maximum occupancy is posted on procedure room doors.
    • Only the number of people necessary for the procedure will be allowed to enter the facility. Work together when necessary, but still maintain social distance as much as possible.
    • Disinfectant sprays and/or wipes are placed next to each piece of equipment and work area. Users must disinfect all equipment, keyboards and work areas before and after use.
    • GSRC personnel will disinfect surfaces commonly touched by personnel at least twice daily, including door knobs/handles, light switches, work surfaces, etc.

    As always, we are available by email at GSRC@clemson.edu. If you have research animals at any University animal facility, please ensure that you have provided your emergency contact information.