Guidelines for Portrayal of Laboratory Work/Laboratory Spaces/etc. in Marketing

  1. All personnel (including photographers or other media personnel) that enter a laboratory on
    campus must wear the following minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times
    within the lab:

    • Shoes that completely cover the foot (closed toes, covers the foot completely from the
      tops of the ankle to the toes, no sandals, flip-flops, Crocs, shoes with holes, etc.),
    • Long pants that overlap the top of the shoes (no shorts, skirts, leggings, etc.),
    • Lab coat,
    • Eye protection (safety glasses or goggles).
  2. When photographing or recording laboratories and lab personnel care must be taken to ensure that all activities depicted or recorded follow established safety rules. Whenever possible interviews should be conducted outside the lab environment.
  3. When recording or photographing lab personnel in their lab they should be dressed appropriately and be wearing the above described minimum PPE. Depictions of lab personnel not wearing minimum PPE should not be used.
  4. Care must be taken to ensure that additional hazards are not introduced in to the lab by the photographer/recording crew.
  5. Care should be taken to ensure that pictures and/or recordings do not depict any activity which is in violation of Federal, State, or Local stature, or University Policy and Procedures. For example: Pets of any kind are not allowed in any lab on campus (service animals are permitted but require special considerations and are handled on a case-by-case basis). See University Regulation 3-231 animals (other than service animals) are not allowed in any University buildings.
  6. Non-matriculated minors are not allowed in BSL2 labs, labs in which animal research is conducted, or in high hazard labs. If minors are to be allowed in any lab they must be provided with, and wear, the PPE as described above.
  7. Food and Drink, including water bottles, are not allowed in the lab.
  8. Backpacks, bags, purses, etc. should be left outside the lab.
  9. Care should be taken to pre-stage the lab where photo sessions or interviews are to be conducted. Labs should be clean and orderly. Chemicals should be properly stored and labeled. Aisles should be clear from obstruction.
  10. Images depicting unsafe actions are not to be used. For example, pictures showing lab personnel looking at a container of liquid being held above eye level, lab personnel without proper PPE (even in the background), handling chemical containers without gloves, smelling or tasting chemicals, etc.