Scientists are returning to on-site lab work with new health and safety protocols
How Broad Institute is ramping up on-site scientific activity
In line with “reopening” guidance issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts based on encouraging local public health trends, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has begun a phased return to on-site lab activity after winding down most scientific work in mid-March.
Scientists who normally work at the lab bench are returning in stages. On Tuesday, May 26, about 300 people arrived on site as part of "wave one" to reinitiate experimental work — joining approximately 200 Broadies who have remained in labs, working on and supporting critical science, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. By mid-June, the nearly 900 Broadies who normally work in labs will be able to conduct their work on site.
Broad engaged with public health experts (including experts from within the Broad community), partner institutions, and Massachusetts state government officials to develop protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure or transmission at work.
This page outlines our own initial protocols for safely returning to the workplace and describes our reasoning.
We recognize that different institutions may reasonably make different choices about policies based on their circumstances. We will be sharing experiences and learnings with partner institutions.