COVID-19 Update (March 30)

The nanoFAB remains open and operational. We continue to encourage those that feel unwell or are sick to stay home and away until feeling better; any users exhibiting cold- or flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave. The nanoFAB continues to operate with staggered staffing, but all staff are available via email, Hangouts or through LMACS requests.

With the UofA North Campus buildings closed to the public, the nanoFAB has created a Hangout group chat for notifying staff when you require building access. nanoFAB Door Access group chat can be found using this link. Those with afterhours access can continue to access the ECERF building using their OneCard. Please note that CME labs can be accessed via the ECERF 2nd-floor pedway.

The nanoFAB has implemented additional protocols to observe common best practices

  • All visitors should observe social distancing of 2 meters when working in the nanoFAB. This includes interactions with staff and other colleagues in the nanoFAB.
  • Limiting the number of people in the gowning room to 2, so that appropriate social distance can be maintained.
  • Training requests will now be handled on a case by case basis, depending on the specific tool, ability to keep social distancing and the urgency of the request. Specific decision will be communicated via the LMACS request system.

We remind all visitors that the nanoFAB has adopted the following practices as it looks to remain open and operational;

  • Regular disinfection of high-touch common areas and equipment,
  • Providing access to hand sanitizer prior to accessing any labs and gloves for use on any equipment.
  • Encouraging staff and community members to stay home and away if sick, and
  • Staggered staff shifts to ensure maximum operational ability.

Please continue to use the LMACS request system for communicating any equipment, maintenance, training, sample analysis or processing needs. Also, please review the nanoFAB COVID-19 Response page on our Knowledge Base website for further details on our new policies and protocols prior to your next usage of the nanoFAB.