Teaching Lab FAQs

Approval Process, Training

Cleaning, PPE, Face Coverings

  • What disinfectants are acceptable to use in my lab for COVID-19?

    In these unprecedented times the supply of disinfectants may be disrupted. So, make sure that before submitting your Teaching Lab Plan you have secured enough disinfectant to sustain your activities.

    The selected disinfectant must be part of the List N of the EPA for approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 and must be used at the concentration and contact time listed. The complete list N can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

    More information about common disinfectants can be found directly on the Teaching Lab Plan form.

  • Should everyone in my class wear gloves all the time now?

    No. The CDC recommends that gloves only be worn for tasks that would ordinarily require them (for example when working with biohazardous materials or chemical hazards).  Frequent handwashing is still recommended for prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

  • Must everyone in my class wear a face covering?

    Yes, you and your students are required to wear a face covering in the lab at all times.  Face coverings are a crucial public health measure and help protect others by reducing exposure to droplets if someone is unknowingly infected with COVID-19.

    Face coverings are required for everyone (faculty, staff, students, contractors, suppliers, vendors and visitors) while on campus, either indoors or outdoors. You are required to wear a face covering except when you are in your assigned place of residence or in a private, single-occupancy office or lab space with the door closed where you can reasonably expect other individuals not to enter. Additional information regarding when to wear a face covering can be found at: https://msu.edu/coronavirus/_assets/pdfs/KeepingMSUsafe.pdf

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