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The UH Mānoa Research Working Group developed guidelines for research activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of the Mānoa campus for the fall 2020 semester.

The following is based on the Research Working Group’s report (PDF).

UH researchers are required to follow all current national and university safety and research compliance guidelines including maintaining up-to-date research protocols, appropriate training of research staff, risk assessment of research setting, and hazardous materials management.

Work Completed

Much of UH Mānoa’s research activities continued after the pandemic outbreak with the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to ensure health and safety in research facilities and labs.

  • Research labs (wet, dry, equipment-intensive labs, support shops)
  • Behavioral, social, cognitive research
  • Social science, humanities research
  • Clinical research
  • Field research
  • Research at sea (ships, small boats, diving)
  • Animal research

The guidelines for Principal Investigators (PI) and researchers include:

  • Steps to ensure continuity of critical functions by identifying procedures and processes that require regulatory approvals, compliance reviews, and safety protocols (e.g., UH Human Studies/IRB, UH Animal Welfare/Animal & Veterinary Services, UH Biosafety Programs, Diving Safety, etc.).
  • General guidance to ensure safety of research personnel, participants, research setting, and equipment. Procedures and/or practices addressed include facility startup, daily startup, PPE and face covering, density of individuals, disinfection, screening personnel and research participants.
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