Core Biotechnology Services

COVID-19 rules

These rules are in addition to the normal rules for use of the AIF. Although the University of Leicester has followed the UK government and has relaxed most of the COVID rules we are still advised to be vigilant as the virus is still around and number of positive cases is high. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a high temperature, a new continues cough, loss of taste and smell, shortness of breath and/or fatigue. All touchable surfaces (microscope parts, joysticks, keyboards, computer mice, and other peripheral devices) are possible means of transmitting COVID-19. Transmission through the eyes is considered possible. 

  • Users showing symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to access the facility for a minimum of 14 days post exposure.
  • Ideally, only one user per microscope so we can maintain social distancing. In the Henry Wellcome Building it is one person per room. The PPMS calendar system is adapted accordingly.
  • For image analysis the preferred option is to use remote access to the analysis computers. Please contact krs5 to get system login details. 
  • All users should wear face masks and fresh fitting lab gloves. Users should not touch bare surfaces without gloves. Gloves are provided in the microscope room. First step at facility entry: put gloves on, last step at facility exit: gloves off. Don’t enter with gloves you have put on in the lab!!
  • Cover keyboard and mouse with cling film provided in the microscope room.
  • Wipe eye-pieces before and after use with IMS. All users are encouraged to bring and wear their own (safety) glasses for further protection from virus transmission via the eyes. If you don’t wear glasses, you have to cover the eye pieces with cling film before you start using the microscope.
  • When finished, remove cling film and wipe desk surfaces with IMS. Dispose of paper towel, cling film and gloves via the autoclave waste plastics provided. Don’t reuse your gloves.

These rules might be updated at any time. 

See how the Advanced Imaging Facility has dealt with the new rules surrounding Covid 19

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