Facilities Updates

MRL Facilities Access and Training Update:

Given the guidelines from University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones in a mass mail from 7/26/2022, we are updating our users’ access and training policies in the MRL as follows:

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Face coverings will not be required in classrooms or any campus spaces except healthcare facilities (e.g., COVID-19 testing sites, McKinley Health Center, the Counseling Center, etc.). There are to be no additional expectations for face coverings for units, facilities or events.
  • Individuals are always welcome to wear a face covering to help protect themselves and others. We encourage everyone to assess their own personal risk level and make decisions about where and when they choose to wear a face covering.
  • Building Access Status will no longer be active for the Fall 2022 semester in the Illinois app or the Boarding Pass. You should not ask anyone to prove their vaccination or testing status.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the primary way the university has monitored COVID-19 vaccine and testing compliance is through digital mechanisms. All individuals required to test are monitored and those not meeting the requirements are subject to student or employee discipline.
  • For more information about the university’s COVID-19 policies, visit covid19.illinois.edu. If you have questions, please email covid-19@illinois.edu.

The MRL Central Research Facilities laboratories are fully open to trained users on a 24/7 basis, with training and staff support available during regular working hours.

For trained users with access to the MRL facilities, make sure you have reserved the instrument using our online reservation system.

As usual, no food or drink consumption is allowed inside the laboratories.

Wear masks, gloves and additional PPE as required per lab and process.

In our laboratories we will continue to provide paper wipes and cleaning supplies for users who want to clean/disinfect the working areas.

Any process involving hazardous chemicals requires a buddy system (example: wet chemical processes in cleanroom labs). If you do not have a lab-mate to serve as the buddy, contact MRL staff to serve in this role. Buddies must have PPE available to assist in an emergency.

Staff support: In general, during regular working hours staff will be available either on site or via phone, e-mail or video conference. Staff contact information is posted on the door of each laboratory and in our web site directory.

Instrument training: Face-to-face individual training is available following regular MRL facilities training request procedures.

Back up data before leaving the lab – this is very important in case of unexpected lab shutdown, or to process the data from remote location.

Do not leave material/samples in the lab unless authorized by staff. Take all working material and personal belongings with you when leaving the lab.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Mauro Sardela, Ph.D.
Director, Central Research Facilities
Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
104 S. Goodwin Avenue – Urbana IL 61801