DaMBIC rules during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

A core facility like DaMBIC is a shared scientific infrastructure with users from different departments or institutions operating the same equipment. In this multi-user setting, the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus between individuals or from contaminated surfaces is greatly facilitated. These guidelines should help imaging core users and managers to protect themselves and each other if they must continue their experiments despite the risk of infection.

Booking and access:

  • Do not enter DaMBIC facilities without an equipment booking. Checking and booking must be done online via: https://mbp.booking.sdu.dk/Default.aspx
  • You must keep a distance of 2 meters to other persons. This means that in some labs the number of people will be limited. The maximum numbers are posted at the entrance to the individual labs and in the online booking system. Only one user per microscope.
  • Between sessions, a user free instrument/room time slot (~10 min) should be included in the booked time. This will allow time for the room air to be exchanged. Users must therefore leave the room min ~10 min before their session is over.
  • Due to reduced staffing, access to help during a microscopy session may be limited. Take this into account when planning experiments. Contact your supervisor or DaMBIC people if you have questions.

Maintain a disinfected environment:

  • All users should wear appropriate gloves from entering the DaMBIC facility. Disinfect at regular intervals.
  • Sanitizer/glove stations will be present at the DaMBIC entrances and midway in the hallway.
  • Users should not touch bare surfaces without gloves. That includes door handles, microscope parts, and computers including peripheral devices.
  • Virus transmission through the eye (conjunctiva) is considered possible. Therefore users should cover microscope parts, where possible, with protective plastic wrap (see images at the end of the document) before starting their microscopy session. This is especially important at the microscope occulars. Plastic wrap will be placed in microscope rooms for users to exchange the covers themselves.
  • If usage of plastic wrap on the eyepieces is by no means not possible (e.g. long-term observation through the eyepieces), be sure to disinfect the eyepieces and the binocular body before and after use.
  • Do not spray disinfectant directly on the microscope or computer parts but use a good amount of disinfectant on a paper towel instead.
  • Gloves, disinfectant and paper towels should be present in each room close to the microscope workstations.

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Computer peripherals and microscope eyepiece wrapped in cling film

Recommendations for use:

  • Do not start overnight experiments before contacting the core facility staff.
  • Some image processing stations may be accessible remotely. Contact DaMBIC people for more information.

General rules at SDU

In addition to the rules above, all laboratory work must be carried out in accordance with the applicable guidelines for laboratory work at SDU. DaMBIC rules have precedence.

Always follow the general recommendations of the health authorities:

  • Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser
  • Cough or sneeze in your sleeve
  • Limit physical contact
  • Avoid going to work if you feel unwell or have symptoms of illness

Based on these recommendations, the following applies when staying in research labs:

  • Wash hands before and after using the laboratory
  • The authorities’ guidance on maintaining a distance of 2 metres must be followed at all times
  • There must be no physical contact with others present
  • Gloves must be used in all laboratories, regardless of classification
  • At the end of all work sessions, the employee must disinfect surfaces, including contacts and/ switch- es, handles, keyboards, equipment etc.
  • When taking breaks, maintain social distancing or use different rooms
  • The faculties shall determine detailed instructions for room booking, e.g. via online booking.

It is important that you make every effort to comply with these guide- lines and help colleagues do the same.

Manager’s contact details:

Maria Szomek, marias@bmb.sdu.dk, 65502393,

Morten F. Ebbesen, mfe@bmb.sdu.dk, 65507609, 22408330

Please contact Technical Service at 8888@sdu.dk for technical support or any questions concerning cleaning.