Planning Tool for Scaling Back Research Operations

March 19, 2020 - Kevin Eisenbeis

Earlier this week OSVPRI recommended to research units that they begin advanced planning measures for possible closure.

To aid researchers in conducting these planning efforts, EHS and ORA have created a planning tool (XLSX) covering several critical safety and regulatory subjects that will require researcher attention as they begin to scale back their research activities.

This multi-tab Excel planning workbook contains checklists for your particular disciplines. Tabs cover the following subjects:

  • General Research Safety
  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Hazardous Waste
  • NMR and MRI Instrumentation
  • Laser Safety
  • Controlled Substances
  • Data
  • Animal Care

Please be sure to scroll through the tabs at the bottom to find and use which checklists apply to your operation.

If researchers have already partially suspended some research activities, we encourage researchers to review this workbook and double check that prior suspension activities were conducted appropriately.

MSU EHS staff are on campus and available to answer questions about the workbook or any other safety question; call 517-355-0153.

This workbook is intended to function as a living document, please check back to the EHS website for updated versions as they are added.

As operations return to normal in the coming weeks, MSU EHS will have guidance documents available to cover how to safely restart or scale up laboratory operations – check the OSVPRI, EHS and ORA websites frequently.

Planning Tool: Scaling Back Research Operations (XLSX)