Welcome to the Columbia University EH&S COVID-19 Hub. Please check back often for updated information as the circumstances of the public health situation and the University’s response change.
EH&S Service Updates
EH&S’ team of safety professionals is working on-site, in rotations Monday – Friday during normal business hours at the Morningside, Manhattanville and CUIMC campuses. Our office can be reached via all normal phone and email channels.
In addition, all EH&S staff are available via email and phone to help support your laboratory regardless of whether your research operations are temporarily closed, in “maintenance” mode, or operational and continuing to perform essential research. Waste management services are still available – albeit on a modified schedule to account for the reduction in research activity – and EH&S will be actively working to ensure that your laboratory is prepared to resume research activities as soon as the University is ready to return to normal operations.
- Chemical and radioactive waste pick-up requests should be submitted, as usual, via the online request forms at: https://research.columbia.edu/hazardous-materials-and-sustainability
- If your laboratory is in need of any safety assistance or EH&S services throughout this period, please contact us at: email@example.com.
- If you have any safety training inquiries, including Certificate of Fitness (C-14), please visit https://research.columbia.edu/safety-trainings or contact EH&S at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, please note, when laboratory personnel are on-site, personnel are strongly advised to adhere to social distancing requirements and other advisories to limit the spread of COVID-19 (https://preparedness.columbia.edu/)
EH&S is here for the Columbia University research community, and look forward to working with you, whether on-site or remotely.
EH&S’s Biosafety Program is providing active support of COVID-19 research, including discussion with researchers about proposed work, and review and approval of Rascal Appendix A submissions. The Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) meets regularly to review and approve such research.
Please see the link below, under “Advisories and FAQs” to submit a request to perform COVID-related research.
EH&S wishes to sincerely thank all laboratories for the orderly and efficient ramp down of research operations in accordance with University requirements. If your laboratory has now completed any work that may have extended beyond the March 19, 2020 deadline, the ramp down checklist is a useful guide to safely preparing to close the lab.
- Inactivation methods guidance for SARS-CoV-2 materials, May 18, 2020
- Biosafety Precautions with Clinical Specimens from COVID-19 Patients, Updated May 17, 2020
- Submission of Proposals for COVID-19-Related Research, Updated May 8, 2020
- BSL-2 Enhanced Work Practices for Specimen Processing and Cell Culture, April 20, 2020
- FAQ: N95, KN95 and Surgical Masks, April 17, 2020
- FAQ: General Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Office, Laboratory and Adjoining Spaces, April 13, 2020
- FAQ: General Guidelines for
Cleaning and Disinfecting for CUIMC Facilities Custodial Staﬀ, April 8, 2020
- Advisory for Work in Public Safety #1: March 29, 2020
- Advisory for Essential Work in a University Research Lab: March 21, 2020
The Fact Sheets linked below have been created to provide concise information to the Columbia University community on important topics related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to print and post applicable Fact Sheets in your workspace, and distribute, as needed.
- COVID Fact Sheet #6: Hygiene - May 18, 2020
- COVID Fact Sheet #5: Face Covering and Symptom Monitoring - April 14, 2020
- COVID Fact Sheet #4: Face Coverings - April 7, 2020
- COVID Fact Sheet #3: Social Distancing - March 31, 2020
- COVID Fact Sheet #2: Precautions - March 13, 2020 (Updated April 7, 2020)
- COVID Fact Sheet #1: About COVID-19 - March 6, 2020
Where can I get more information?
- University Preparedness https://preparedness.columbia.edu/
- Morningside COVID-19 https://www.columbia.edu/content/coronavirus
- Morningside Medical Services hotline 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 212-854-9355
- CUIMC COVID-19 https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/coronavirus-information
- Workforce Health & Safety hotline 6 am-11 pm, 7 days a week, 646-697-9470
- New York Presbyterian Hospital hotline staffed by PAs 646-697-4000
- Research at Columbia FAQs https://research.columbia.edu/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions-relating-research
- Columbia University Biobank https://www.ps.columbia.edu/research/core-and-shared-facilities/core-facilities-category/columbia-university-biobank
- Research at Columbia Remote Work and Access to Research Data https://research.columbia.edu/COVID-19_Research/Remote-Work-Research-Data
- PPE Donation https://columbiasurgery.org/donate-ppe
- How You Can Help https://covid19.columbia.edu/content/how-you-can-help
- Columbia University COVID-19 Research https://research.columbia.edu/covid
- NYC DOHMH https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page
- NYC Service https://www.nycservice.org/pages/index.php?bitpage_id=214
- CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- CDC Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- WHO https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
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