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 who sponsors associates, visitors or contractors who will be performing work in NIST workspaces on either NIST campus is required to provide the following information to them in advance of the visit. Further, while visitors, associates 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 ensure their safety plan includes adequate COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Further, they must abide by NIST requirements when in NIST-controlled 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:
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 who does not meet all the screening criteria should immediately contact their sponsor and may not attempt to access the campus.
Associates, contractors and visitors coming onto campus must either fill out a Certification of Vaccination Form attesting to being fully vaccinated or carry with them proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of entry. You may be asked to show this form to a federal employee who is supervising or managing your work on federal premises. Please maintain this documentation during your time on federal premises.
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. Sponsors must ensure that associates will follow all applicable NIST requirements when working at NIST.
All associates, contractors and visitors coming onto campus must either fill out a Certification of Vaccination Form attesting to being fully vaccinated or carry with them proof of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of entry. You may be asked to show this form to a federal employee who is supervising or managing your work on federal premises. Please maintain this documentation during your time on federal premises.
The current requirements around the wearing of face masks on campus can be found on our Campus Status page.
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. Gaiters are acceptable provided they have two or more layers of material.
The current requirements around workplace distancing on campus can be found on our Campus Status page.
When staff are required to practice workplace distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) of physical separation from others, doing so should 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.