Updates on GTRI's Response to COVID-19
GTRI General COVID-19 Guidance
While taking precautions to safeguard those involved in our work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) continues to perform sponsored research under our continuity of operations plan. In doing so, Georgia Tech faculty and staff are following guidance from the University System of Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. This guidance includes quarantine, isolation, and return to work criteria established by the CDC. Where GTRI employees are embedded or working alongside our sponsors, you can expect GTRI employees to meet the sponsor’s workplace protocols to the best of their ability while carrying out their contractual obligations.
GTRI Secure Space COVID-19 Guidance
It is important to afford a sense of comfort, well-being, and transparency if there are requirements stipulating this work must be accomplished inside a U.S. Government accredited secure space at GTRI. There are documents posted at each entrance to reflect the cleaning schedule for that room and a request system is in place to ensure availability of disinfectant. Everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing protocols as prescribed by the CDC as much as they are able. Additionally, if at any time you enter a secure space to perform sponsored research, you and occupants are required to wear a cloth face covering/mask due to the use of shared spaces/equipment. If you have any face covering compliance, safety, or security concerns in those secure spaces during this COVID-19 outbreak, it will be important to address this with your management, Al Concord, 404-407-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Riling, 404-0407-7010, email@example.com.
GTRI GENERAL COVID-19 RETURN TO WORK
GTRI has developed a ramp-up plan for a multi-stage phased return to on-site work for GTRI personnel and has identified the process for reopening GTRI facilities nationwide that are currently operating under GTRI’s COVID-19 continuity of operations plan. The ramp-up plan was written with a paramount commitment to employee safety. Due to the national security requirements of GTRI operations, certain on-site work has continued during this health emergency with only essential mission-critical personnel reporting to GTRI facilities, while maximizing work from home arrangements. All elements of this plan are intended to comply with current University System of Georgia (USG) and Georgia Tech guidance and policies. The USG guidance requires that GTRI clearly address preventative practices, mitigation and monitoring practices, sanitation practices, and travel enforcement practices.