Procedure for Using the WSU NMR Center During the COVID-19 Pandemiczachariah.heiden
UPDATED 09-08-21: PROCEDURES FOR USING THE WSU NMR CENTER WILL FOLLOW UPDATED WSU policy for the 2021-2022 Academic YREAR, REGARDING THE ONGING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
To combat the spread of COVID-19, the WSU NMR Center instituted new guidelines for instrument usage, effective June 8th, 2020-newly revised September 8, 2021. The WSU NMR Center Covid-19 prevention guidelines have been updated to reflect the current campus-wide policies and procedures for WSU, which are detailed on the WSU Covid-19 website, https://wsu.edu/covid-19/
- Access to the WSU NMR lab will be for trained users only, through key card access at the main entrance to the NMR Center. No tag-along students allowed.
- If you do not currently have key card access to the WSU NMR center, please contact Zachariah Heiden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Hiscox (email@example.com).
- A cloth mask or N95-mask will now be required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status, to enter the WSU NMR Center. See the below comments section for the text of the newest available WSU guidance on Covid-19 vaccination and indoor masking mandates. For full details, see the WSU Covid-19 Info page, https://wsu.edu/covid-19/
- People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. To find a nearby location where vaccines are available, visit the state’s Vaccine Locator website.
- No person shall enter the WSU NMR Center facilities if they are feeling ill, have a fever, or are experiencing other symptoms of infection of any kind. If you are feeling ill, Stay Home! Please call your health care provider, WSU Student Health Services, or any Urgent Care provider for further information.
- No back-to-back reservations are allowed. There must be a 15 minute gap between reservations. This doesn’t mean that you have an extra 15 minutes to run your sample. The instrument must be vacant for at least 15 minutes for the disinfectant to work prior to the next user.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available inside/outside the main entrance to the NMR center. Please sanitize your hands before entering/exiting the center. Surface disinfectant, wipes and hand sanitizer will be available at each workstation.
- Surface disinfectants will continue to be available, but cleaning after use is not required-you may spray lightly (3-5 squirts from squirt bottle) the desktop, keyboard and mouse with disinfectant. NMR Staff will periodically sanitize working surfaces around the computers and workstations.
- No gloves from outside of the WSU NMR Center are allowed. Nitrile gloves are available at the table inside the door to the NMR center for usage while in the NMR Center. Please dispose of them in the trash located at each workstation, or by the main entrance door.
- If you feel uncomfortable using the NMR Center, samples can be submitted and run by the NMR Center staff at the service rate of $35 per hour [instrument time ($10/hour) plus staff time ($25/hour)]. Please submit any service samples at the sample submission table inside the NMR Center entrance, along with a sample submission form (https://nmr.wsu.edu/submit-a-sample-for-analysis/). Samples must be labeled with sample ID, your name (or initials) and your lab PI’s name. Samples will be run within a reasonable time (1-5 days) of receiving the electronic sample submission form. Completed samples will be placed in the completed sample rack inside the entrance to the NMR center. Completed samples lying in the sample rack for more than two business days will be discarded.
Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in loss of access to the NMR center for one week for the first offense, one month for the second month, and indefinitely for the third offense.