Laboratories and Research Facilities

Safety within laboratories and research facilities will be rigorously maintained as additional facilities open on campus in 2020-21.

Safety within laboratories will be rigorously maintained as research facilities open, with adequate access to personal protective equipment and safety-related supplies a foremost priority. Brown Strategic Purchasing, Contracts and Insurance (SPCI) with input from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will make available and provide reusable face coverings for researchers.

The University has also taken steps to increase air exchanges and fresh air ventilation in buildings, and will be flushing domestic water lines on a regular basis. The majority of Brown’s research and laboratory spaces operate with 100% outside air supply, with air exchange rates that meet or exceed American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers standards relative to COVID-19 guidance.

For these buildings, Facilities Management will continue to perform regular preventive maintenance and evaluate filtration requirements to reduce airborne transmission and inspect filters to ensure they are within service life and appropriately installed. Where applicable, demand-controlled ventilation has been disabled and outdoor air ventilation minimum settings have been increased, resulting in greater levels of fresh outdoor air introduced. The University has also improved central air filtration.

In general, all research occurring in non-Brown-controlled spaces or areas must satisfy and be performed in accordance with the state, local, and other applicable requirements and guidelines in place for the space or area where the research occurs.

Last updated May 18, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.