Coronavirus guidance for laboratories and research facilities

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for laboratories and research facilities in Scotland, including those on university campuses, on how to operate safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This guidance outlines the factors that laboratories and research facilities of all sizes and in all sectors and disciplines need to consider when planning to restart work, while recognising that some essential research related to COVID-19 has continued throughout the pandemic.

The guidance applies to all indoor research environments, including:

  • research and testing laboratories
  • engineering centres
  • clean rooms
  • prototyping centres
  • wet laboratories
  • wind tunnels
  • computer laboratories
  • simulators
  • material development laboratories
  • specialist testing rooms
  • field research centres
  • all similar workplaces

Topics covered include:

  • assessing risk – involving your workforce, staff and students in developing a safer workplace
  • workforce planning – supporting those who should come to work and those who should not
  • operational guide and checklist – changing the workplace environment to protect your workforce, staff and students
  • deliveries, distribution and visitors – protecting your workforce, staff and students and those who come on-site
  • training and compliance

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone running or working in a laboratory or research facility in Scotland. These could be in a variety of organisations, such as life sciences and other science-related businesses, universities, colleges, innovation centres and research institutes.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

As each workplace is different, it is for individual organisations to work with trade union or workforce representatives to determine how best to apply this guidance in their circumstances.

It is important to undertake ongoing risk assessments with full input from trade union or workforce representatives, and to keep all risk mitigation measures under regular review so that workers, staff and students continue to feel, and be, safe.

This is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Individual facilities or institutions may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. 

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

Support provided by Scottish Government

Help us improve

For example, something is incorrect, confusing or not working properly. Try to be as specific as possible. Don't include personal or financial information like your national insurance number or credit card details.