Facilities Updates

MRL Facilities Access and Training Update:

Given the guidelines from University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones in a mass mail from 7/29/2021, we are updating our users’ access and training policies in the MRL as follows:

Effective 7/30/2021, campus-approved face masks are required all the time while in the MRL building, including all the shared facilities laboratories irrespective of vaccination status.

As required to enter any building on campus, please make sure you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have up-to-date COVID-19 testing status as required by campus. Please be prepared to show “building access granted” by the Safer Illinois app or boarding pass when reporting for training.

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 maintain social distancing and 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. Upon arrival to the on-site training session, users are required to show “building access granted” as indicated by campus smartphone app or boarding pass, in compliance with the campus requirement of regular COVID-19 testing.

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.

Thank you for your patience as we move close to regular operation/access in a safe manner.

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