Lab spaces are facing new challenges with decreasing density for social distancing. The physical structure of classes, with smaller, multiple sections of a larger class, will require more lab time over atypical hours of operation, which in turn impacts the social structure and informal learning component of the class. Research labs have additional concerns, requiring consideration for shared bench and equipment usage and coordination of lab use times around increased distance between lab users, while still allowing opportunities for coordination and collaboration of research activities in the absence of shared lab time. The presentation will review how the historic benchmarks are altered by this new reality, and how we can adjust for effective functioning labs using updated metrics combined with strategies for enforcing social distancing and encouraging responsible personal behaviors in our informal spaces can create enhanced safety within our existing space resources.
Lab Manager is an AIA Continuing Education Provider. This webinar has been approved by the AIA for 1 LU/HSW.
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