Our Health and Safety Commitment in response to COVID-19
At the HNRCA, we understand that safety is of the utmost concern to everyone and our goal is to provide and maintain the safest environment possible in order to resume and continue our research study activities. We have implemented extra precautions for the health of our research study participants, visitors and staff. Below are some of the enhanced measures we have committed to use each day:
1. Symptom Screening Procedures
Study participants and all HNRCA staff are required to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure when entering the building. Anyone experiencing such symptoms is not allowed to continue into the building.
2. Masks, Personal Protective Equipment and Hand Hygiene
Masks must be worn to enter the HNRCA.
A new mask will be provided upon entry into the lobby and must be worn at all times by HNRCA staff, study participants and visitors.
HNRCA staff will wear additional personal protective equipment (such as eye protection) in instances when social distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. during blood draws).
CDC-approved hand sanitizer is readily available for study participant, visitor and staff use.
Staff and study participants are required to perform hand hygiene before and after all research and study related activities.
3. Building Capacity and Study Visits
We are limiting the number of people in our building and allowing only visitors scheduled for an appointment.
Some study procedures (including some prescreening procedures, questionnaires, and study check-ins) will now happen remotely via a phone or video call to help reduce the time of your study visit when possible.
4. Cleaning and Disinfection
All procedure and assessment rooms, as well as equipment are cleaned and disinfected after each participant use.
All common area surfaces (e.g. tables, chairs, check-in areas) are cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day