How CMM operates under Covid-19

17 July 2020

From the 13th July CMM moved carefully forward from the recent restrictions to open up and receive research projects from new clients.

To do this, we implemented new lab operating procedures based on our staff and client's health and welfare, coupled with government guidelines.

The new protocols called for additional personal protective equipment, such as gloves and possibly face coverings, as well as social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and disinfecting.

Our rules at CMM to make the place a safe area to work are:

  • If you don’t feel well – don’t come onto campus and to the CMM labs (it’s for your safety, our staff and your peers safety as well as the instruments as they can get damaged with the standard disinfection protocols)
  • Before you come to CMM make sure you have the Security App “Safe Zone” on your mobile phone and ideally the COVIDSafe app from the Australian government
  • On entering/exiting CMM, hands need to be thoroughly washed or sanitised.
  • Gloves must be worn at all times.
  • All must sign in/out of CMM labs using the QR code on the door.  

    We recommend you use the following QR code reader if your camera does not automatically read the code:
    • IOS - Scandit Barcode Scanner
    • Android - QR & Barcode Scanner from Gamma Play
  • Clients must provide coats and safety glasses if needed for their work.
  • One person per microscope room or as directed by CMM staff.
  • All equipment, chairs, benches etc must be wiped down with the provided alcohol wipes or ethanol spray before and after use.
  • Social Distancing must be adhered to at all times.

We are currently unable to run the SEM block-training courses as previously done.  We are working on the best way to deliver training and this is going to be done on an individual basis.  (Please note that unfortunately there is a waiting list for SEM training).

We are working with IT-Services and UQ/RCC to expand our virtual data processing environment, which will allow clients and researchers to get access to their data and process them under virtual desktops (CVL’s).  We will keep you informed once these capabilities become available.

Unless otherwise stated in future updates and subject to the policy and decision making processes of UQ, CMM will endeavour to provide the best possible support services for your research work.

We encourage our community and users to make contact via should you have any questions or concerns.