Safety in the era of Covid-19

Covid-19 Update 7/7/20

  • From this week, the Kelvin Building is open again for lab-based research.  However, access is strictly limited and all work must be coordinated, planned well in advance and authorized by the relevant Research Group Leader (RGL) or their designate.  In other wordsyou cannot simply decide by yourself to turn up in the Kelvin Building and begin lab working again
  • Any research work that does not require access to labs should continue to be done from home.
  • If you are in have been shielding or have an underlying health issue, you should discuss your with your RGL any plan to resume work in the Kelvin Building, taking into account the relevant medical advice. (More information can be found e.g. at
  • Access to the Kelvin Building will be using your swipe card via the lower main entrance – i.e. the main entrance doors will not be open.  Exit will be via the back door in the old building.  Please make sure you use these entry and exit points as they are designed to maintain a one-way system through the building.   (For any out-of-hours access, please inform security (x4282) and again enter using your access card through the lower main entrance). There is a hand santiser station by the Janitors' desk.
  • While you are in the Kelvin Building the common room is not to be used (cleaners use it but this is their break area). Your breaks should be taken in an assigned office; information about this will be passed on via your RGL and/or Lab Coordinator.

Please remember and observe the following essentials:

  • If you are ill do not come to work, contact the NHS and inform your RGL or Lab Coordinator.
    (University guidance can be found at
  • Keep 2m distance from others in the Kelvin Building at all times
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer regularly (supplies will be available in labs and offices)
  • Masks should be worn at all times in the Kelvin Building except where alone in a designated office
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean work areas before and after work

A reminder that you should be familiar with the School's Safety webpage and the Safety Handbook 2020.

If you have any further questions about any aspect of the above guidance, please contact your RGL or Lab Coordinator (if you don’t know who that is for your Research Group, your RGL can help), Craig Buttar or John Marshall.

Before coming into the Kelvin Building you should familiarise yourself with the Code of Practice and the Kelvin Building general risk assessment. This will complement any group specific risk assessments and methods of work for Covid-19.

Kelvin Building Covid-19 Code of Practice

Kelvin Building General Risk Assessment

Last updated 9/7/2020

The slides presented at the briefing sessions for RGLs and Lab coordinators on 29/6 and 6/7 are linked below.