General Lab Information

Brookhaven Lab is in a Minimal Operating Mode

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To help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes, Brookhaven Lab has reduced its on-site staff to the number needed to maintain core, critical functions. This requires the Laboratory to significantly curtail on-site operations. The work of the Laboratory continues, but only those employees who are essential to operations are permitted on site. All employees who can work remotely and have the permission of their supervisor should do so. This modified operational status is expected to last until April 14, 2020, with further adjustments as needed.

Frequently asked questions about on-site services during Min-Safe

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Remote Work

To maintain productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab has expanded its Flexible Work Arrangement policies. Employees have access to a list of remote work IT resources that will help them work from an off-site location.

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Time Card Reporting

Two new time-reporting codes have been developed for the Min-Safe operating period and should be used as appropriate when filling out your time card. No-VPN and no-internet scenarios are covered.

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Health & Wellness

Health & wellness resources are available to employees and their family members covered by the Aetna medical plan including remote doctor consultations and remote sessions with counselors who can help with stress and anxiety.

COVID-19 Task Force

The Lab's COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring the evolving impacts of COVID-19 and is taking steps outlined in our pandemic response plan. This group is coordinating its work with a dedicated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) task force. The goal is to keep the Lab community healthy and keep the Lab operating effectively. The Lab’s operations organizations, including the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Occupational Medicine Clinic (OMC), routinely monitor for issues that could pose threats to the community and the Lab’s operating status. They provide alerts and advice to the Director’s Office and the Policy Council so that the Lab can take action to mitigate impacts.

Limit the Spread of Illness

Any employee experiencing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) must follow all the guidance described on the Lab’s Sick/Positive Checklists.

The OMC has provided guidance on how individuals can help limit the spread of seasonal airborne and surface borne illnesses, and that guidance is the same for limiting the spread of COVID-19:

Stay home if you are sick, and inform your supervisor.

Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette—cough and sneeze into a tissue or into the elbow of your sleeve—the video above provides a good demonstration. This prevents droplets containing germs from entering the air or contaminating your hands.

Disinfect surfaces. Lab housekeeping/custodial service is—on an ongoing basis—disinfecting common surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, and bathroom/kitchen fixtures. Staff may also wish to keep disinfecting wipes on hand to disinfect additional common surfaces, or for additional disinfections between custodial visits.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (Sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).

Refrain from shaking hands if you are sick, as that can spread germs.

Use waterless hand sanitizer when soap and water (which are preferable) are not readily available. Hand sanitizer stations have been replenished and staff may also choose to get their own personal hand sanitizer bottles or dispensers.