NIST is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and others coming onto our campuses by implementing measures consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate COVID-19 exposure. To that end, any NIST staff member (referred to below as “sponsor”) bringing visitors or contractors who will be performing work in NIST workspaces onto campus is required to provide the following information to them in advance of the visit. Further, while visitors and contractors are on campus, the sponsor must ensure they comply with the requirements in place to mitigate COVID-19 exposure.
Contractors working under their own safety plans and performing work in areas controlled by them on the NIST campus must work with their contracting officer’s representative (COR) to modify their safety plan to include COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Further, they must abide by NIST requirements when in NIST workspaces.
The following individuals will not be permitted access to NIST campuses:
Additionally, individuals recovering from COVID-19 will be allowed on campus only when the following three conditions are met:
Finally, there are individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and others who are at risk. It is the employer’s responsibility to protect its employees. NIST has instituted policies to protect staff who are in these categories. It is the responsibility of the employers of visitors and contractors to have made these considerations as well.
Any individual coming onto campus must conduct a personal health screening by reviewing the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire. This self-screening must be performed every day an individual wants to access a NIST campus. Anyone answering “Yes,” “False” or “Unsure” to any question should immediately contact their sponsor and not attempt to access the campus. NIST is not collecting this data by any means (hard copy or electronic). By entering campus on a given day, you are indicating that you have complied with this requirement for that day.
Follow instructions for access to campus provided by your sponsor.
Visitors and contractors are not expected to know all NIST requirements to mitigate COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, sponsors are required to provide location-specific instruction for the workspaces to be visited or used, including traveling though NIST buildings and in common areas.
A cloth face covering or mask is required at all times while on campus unless given explicit direction by the sponsor. An individual who cannot tolerate wearing a secure cloth face covering or mask, e.g., for medical reasons, must notify their sponsor in advance. Please see CDC guidance for safe use of face coverings.
Please note: NIST does not permit use of face coverings or masks (including respirators) that have exhalation valves as these defeat the purpose by allowing unfiltered air to be released. Do not use masks with exhalation valves.
Individuals on NIST campuses are required to maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) of physical separation so long as doing so does not create a greater hazard. The sponsor will provide additional requirements or guidance if workplace distancing is not possible.
While on campus, individuals are required to:
Individuals on campus must comply with the directions on signs.
Cafeterias will not be open. Water fountains will be available; however, NIST is recommending the filling of water bottles, when practical, rather than drinking directly from the fountain.