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April 2022: The information on this page is being retained for archival purposes only and is no longer being maintained or updated. For current information:

(January 2022: The UH Mānoa COVID-19 Guidelines are being updated. Please refer to the UH System COVID-19 Guidelines for the latest information.)

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 mask, density of individuals, disinfection, screening personnel and research participants.
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