COVID-19 Considerations

Changes to BOC hours of operation:

The BOC will now operate Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM to ensure onsite staff are always present and all rooms are kept clean between users.

Changes to BOC reservation scheduling:

All BOC facilities will operate on a 24-hr advanced booking requirement to effectively manage the number of users in equipment rooms at any time. Additionally, all reservations will need to be approved by the BOC manager. The BOC manager will add a maintenance block following each reservation to provide enough time for the previous user to clean and vacate the equipment room before the next user.

Changes to BOC facilities use:

The BOC will abide by space requirements outlined in the university’s Phase 1 Reboot (https://research.wisc.edu/reboot-phase1/). Specifically, only one user will be allowed in BOC equipment rooms at any time. A minimum safe distance of 6 feet between people throughout the Biochemical Sciences Building will continue to be observed. Per university guidelines, a face mask is required to work in the BOC.

Sanitation of the instruments will be conducted by users and the BOC manager. At the end of each reservation, users must disinfect all used surfaces using EtOH applied to Kimwipes. Disinfection materials will be provided by the BOC. For most microscopes, the most-used components should be given special attention:

– Stage controls (both on the microscope proper and on the stage controller adjacent to each instrument)
– Oculars
– Computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor

Objectives must still be cleaned with Sparkle on optical lens tissue (not Kimwipes!). Please contact the BOC manager if there are any questions or concerns about equipment sanitation. The BOC manager will routinely enter equipment rooms when they are vacant to clean and sanitize all equipment.

Changes to microscope troubleshooting:

Instrument assistance and troubleshooting will be handled through remote desktop. When a user requires assistance, they should call the BOC office phone (608-263-2436). If the manager has stepped out, the user should email the BOC manager at opticalcore@biochem.wisc.edu. Remote desktop troubleshooting will be handled through Microsoft Teams, which is already installed on all BOC workstations.

If the issue can not be resolved through remote desktop, the user will be asked to vacate the room while the BOC manager troubleshoots the issue in person.

Changes to microscope training:

All training has been suspended for the time being. Only registered users are permitted to use BOC facilities.