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To qualify for the Standard Safety Plan you must be able to say “yes” to each of the following:

  • My study participants are not part of a COVID-19 vulnerable population.
  • During study procedures, I will be able to maintain greater than 6 feet of distance from my subjects the entire time, or 10 feet for procedures involving heavy exertion. This includes when providing/affixing the participant’s equipment.
  • My participants and researchers will be able to always wear a face covering.
  • I can sanitize surfaces touched by participants or researchers between participants.
  • My participants will not be asked to ingest food, liquids, medications, supplements, etc. as part of the research.

If you can answer “yes” to all these statements, you do not need IRB approval. However, you will still need to develop a Standard Safety Plan and written approval from your associate dean of research before you can get started.