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''UPDATE June 22, 2020''
''UPDATED March 17, 2022''


Dear KNI lab members and community,
Dear KNI lab members and community,


In compliance with the safety and health precautions constructed by Caltech, the Engineering & Applied Sciences division, and the Applied Physics & Materials Science department, the KNI Lab reopened with limited capacity on Monday, June 15, 2020. Currently the KNI is following a 4:10 schedule for in-lab activity by our members. There are two rotating groups that are able to use the facilities on alternating weeks between Monday - Thursday. The KNI has adapted its entering and exiting procedures, along with heightened cleaning protocols, and is adhering to robust physical distancing requirements. You can read the [https://caltech.box.com/s/v4ztcv86rrvle0luvoc02eqb10jo1dp3 new SOP here].  
The KNI is following the current health and safety guidelines provided by the Caltech administration. Researchin the KNI Laboratory is able to be conducted nearly as it was before the pandemic; there is no longer a 6-foot physical distance requirement inside the lab or in campus buildings, and fully signed-off users may enter the lab 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Currently the gowning area inside the cleanroom has a maximum capacity of 4 people at a time. Fully vaccinated individuals may opt to not wear a face mask indoors; however current CDC guidelines recommend it. Masking (N95 or KN95 grade) is required during one-on-one equipment training sessions with KNI staff.


For the time being, only lab members who have completed individual instrument training and are signed off as independent operators on equipment are allowed to resume research. If you would like to return to the KNI Lab, please contact Guy DeRose and Tiffany Kimoto with a description of your project, along with an estimate of tool usage for each instrument you need access to. Returning members are required to complete a refresher safety training before returning.
All users are expected to review and adhere to our current lab rules and safety protocols; please visit the [[Lab Rules & Safety]] page for complete information. Contact Lab Coordinator and Safety Officer [mailto:bertm@caltech.edu Bert Mendoza] or Associate Director of Technical Operations, [mailto:derose@caltech.edu Dr. Guy DeRose] for any questions about lab and safety protocols.
 
Per Caltech guidelines, all vaccinated individuals reporting to campus must upload proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to participate in the campus surveillance testing program. Caltech's latest communications and policies can be found at [https://together.caltech.edu/ together.caltech.edu]. All people coming to campus must continue to complete the COVID attestation report.
 
The KNI is accepting new members (see [[Membership Forms]] page) and is providing equipment training for new and current lab members. All new and returning members are required to complete a refresher safety training if they have not entered the KNI Lab since the pandemic-related shutdown. Please refer to the [[Equipment List]] page for the full listing of equipment with links to individual tool pages with contact information of the staff member in charge.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact [mailto:derose@caltech.edu Guy DeRose] or Executive Director,[mailto:tkimoto@caltech.edu Tiffany Kimoto].
 
Our first priority is the health and safety of our lab members and Caltech community. We look forward to having you back to the KNI.
 
- KNI staff
 
 
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''UPDATED July 1, 2021''
 
Dear KNI lab members and community,
 
In compliance with the latest safety and health precautions issued by Caltech, the Engineering & Applied Sciences division, and the Applied Physics & Materials Science department, the KNI Lab is now in its "Phase 5" tier. This tier allows research to be conducted nearly as it was before the pandemic; there is no longer a 6-foot physical distance requirement inside the lab or in campus buildings, and fully signed-off users may enter the lab 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Currently the gowning area inside the cleanroom has a maximum capacity of 4 people at a time. Fully vaccinated individuals may opt to not wear a face mask indoors; however current CDC guidelines recommend it.
 
All users are expected to review and adhere to our current lab rules and safety protocols; please visit the [[Lab Rules & Safety]] page for complete information. Contact Lab Coordinator and Safety Officer [mailto:bertm@caltech.edu Bert Mendoza] or Associate Director of Technical Operations, [mailto:derose@caltech.edu Dr. Guy DeRose] for any questions about lab and safety protocols.
 
Per Caltech guidelines, all vaccinated individuals reporting to campus must upload proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to participate in the campus surveillance testing program. Read Caltech's full message [https://together.caltech.edu/going-to-campus here]. All people coming to campus must continue to complete the COVID attestation report.
 
The KNI is accepting new members (see [[Membership Forms]] page) and is providing equipment training for new and current lab members. All new and returning members are required to complete a refresher safety training if they have not entered the KNI Lab since the pandemic-related shutdown. Please refer to the [[Equipment List]] page for the full listing of equipment with links to individual tool pages with contact information of the staff member in charge.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact [mailto:derose@caltech.edu Guy DeRose] or Executive Director,[mailto:tkimoto@caltech.edu Tiffany Kimoto].
 
Our first priority is the health and safety of our lab members and Caltech community. We look forward to having you back to the KNI.
 
- KNI staff
 
 
''UPDATED October 1, 2020''
 
Dear KNI lab members and community,
 
In compliance with the safety and health precautions constructed by Caltech, the Engineering & Applied Sciences division, and the Applied Physics & Materials Science department, the KNI Lab reopened with limited capacity on Monday, June 15, 2020. After several weeks of limited access, the KNI has entered the next phase of reopening, and lab members are able to use the lab during its regular, pre-shutdown hours.
 
The KNI has updated its entering and exiting procedures, along with heightened cleaning protocols, and is adhering to robust physical distancing requirements. You can read the [https://caltech.box.com/s/v4ztcv86rrvle0luvoc02eqb10jo1dp3 new SOP here].
 
The KNI is accepting new members (see [[Membership Forms]] page) and is providing equipment training for new and current lab members. All new and returning members are required to complete a refresher safety training before returning. As with the mandatory safety refresher, the vast majority of equipment training is now performed remotely. Please refer to the [[Equipment List]] page for the full listing of equipment with links to individual tool pages with contact information of the staff member in charge.
 
If you have any questions, please contact [mailto:derose@caltech.edu Guy DeRose] or [mailto:tkimoto@caltech.edu Tiffany Kimoto]


Our first priority is the health and safety of our lab members and Caltech community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the KNI.
Our first priority is the health and safety of our lab members and Caltech community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the KNI.
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Revision as of 17:15, 17 March 2022

UPDATED March 17, 2022

Dear KNI lab members and community,

The KNI is following the current health and safety guidelines provided by the Caltech administration. Researchin the KNI Laboratory is able to be conducted nearly as it was before the pandemic; there is no longer a 6-foot physical distance requirement inside the lab or in campus buildings, and fully signed-off users may enter the lab 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Currently the gowning area inside the cleanroom has a maximum capacity of 4 people at a time. Fully vaccinated individuals may opt to not wear a face mask indoors; however current CDC guidelines recommend it. Masking (N95 or KN95 grade) is required during one-on-one equipment training sessions with KNI staff.

All users are expected to review and adhere to our current lab rules and safety protocols; please visit the Lab Rules & Safety page for complete information. Contact Lab Coordinator and Safety Officer Bert Mendoza or Associate Director of Technical Operations, Dr. Guy DeRose for any questions about lab and safety protocols.

Per Caltech guidelines, all vaccinated individuals reporting to campus must upload proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to participate in the campus surveillance testing program. Caltech's latest communications and policies can be found at together.caltech.edu. All people coming to campus must continue to complete the COVID attestation report.

The KNI is accepting new members (see Membership Forms page) and is providing equipment training for new and current lab members. All new and returning members are required to complete a refresher safety training if they have not entered the KNI Lab since the pandemic-related shutdown. Please refer to the Equipment List page for the full listing of equipment with links to individual tool pages with contact information of the staff member in charge.

If you have any other questions, please contact Guy DeRose or Executive Director,Tiffany Kimoto.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our lab members and Caltech community. We look forward to having you back to the KNI.

- KNI staff