Covid-19 update

Using MCEM during COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the government's easing of restrictions, MCEM was delighted to be able to broaden access beyond Critical Research Projects from Monday 9 November. Users no longer require an authorised worker permit and trained users can resume conducting experiments themselves.

Key risk controls remain in place and are as follows:

  • No person may enter MCEM if they are unwell or have one or more of the possible COVID-19 symptoms. (Fever, Breathing difficulties, Breathlessness, Cough, Sore throat, Runny Nose, Fatigue or Tiredness.)
  • No person may enter MCEM if they have had contact with a known COVID 19 case within the previous 14 days, or have returned from overseas within the last 14 days.
  • Face masks must be worn at MCEM. These are provided in the reception area.
  • Hand sanitiser must be used frequently and, in particular, before and after use of instruments. Sanitiser is provided throughout the building. There are handwashing sinks located in laboratories G35 and G37.
  • 1.5m social distancing is enforced.
  • Users must bring their own laboratory coat, safety glasses and pen.
  • Where possible, MCEM staff will provide remote assistance to users via phone. If physical presence is required 1.5m distancing will be enforced.
  • The number of persons allowed in each laboratory is restricted. Do not exceed the room occupancy limits posted on the laboratory doors.
  • The MCEM kitchen and some toilets are reserved for staff use only.

Accessing the MCEM Building during COVID-19 Restrictions

Existing trained microscope users who wish to enter the MCEM building during COVID-19 restrictions must complete a short Moodle OHS course “COVID19 User Induction”. You will be enrolled in this course after your New Project Request has been processed.

Training

We are pleased to announce that we resumed ‘hands-on’ training in late October.

If you are waiting for training, a Microscope Manager will be in contact soon to schedule this. Training will be offered in order of the Project Request date. Prior to ‘hands-on’ training, you will need to complete:

(i) the on-line theory component of your training course (you are automatically enrolled in this Moodle course);

(ii) Building Induction;

(iii) any regulatory paperwork that might be required by the government and/or university to enable MCEM building access at the time of your training – you will be notified closer to the time, if this is needed.

‘Hands-on’ training will involve a mixture of remote training and limited ‘face-to-face’ training and so will take a bit longer than normal.

Unfortunately, due to the backlog and because group training is not possible, training will take longer than usual. In the meantime, we will continue to try to assist you by providing Client Work, where staff operate the microscopes on your behalf.

We appreciate your efforts and patience during this transition. If you have any questions or issues with registration or using the system please do not hesitate to contact MCEM or contact the Monash Institution Administrator.