COVID-19 Additional Information

NCI Optical Microscopy Laboratories


Microscope use during the COVID-19 outbreak

Update: September 30, 2020

Dear NCI-Frederick Scientists,

Rules and policies concerning use of OMAL microscopes have been modified. The three modifications are (1) Provision for training novice users where both the trainer and trainee need to be in the microscope room concurrently. (2) Minor adjustment to cleaning procedures for microscopes that are located in rooms with limited access. (3) Provision to send completed cleaning checklists electronically to OMAL.

If you are intending to use an OMAL microscope or other equipment, please read the attached “Microscope Rules 092920” document and fill out and return to OMAL the “Mandatory OMAL Tissue and Cell information Form SARS-COV-2 revision 061520” form (attached) if your sample is animal or human tissue or live or unfixed cultured cells. You do not need to submit the form if your sample is cultured cells that have been fixed before entering OMAL space, the sample is free of hazardous reagents and you are not adding hazardous reagents to the fixed sample during microscope use. The form needs to be resubmitted when there is a significant change to your experiments being performed on the microscope; it does not need to be filled out each time you use the microscope. PIs may fill out the form on behalf of the microscope users in their lab. The form has been approved by the IBC committee and the microscope rules document has been approved by EHS.

Stay safe,

Stephen Lockett, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist,
Director, Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory,
Rm 12-79, Building 560,

Office: 301 845 5515