Pre-Trial Research in the Wake of COVID-19:
Updates to Trask Consulting’s Health and Safety Protocols

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In anticipation of stay at home orders being lifted, Trask Consulting has implemented the following COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) safety precautions for our in-person pre-trial research projects.  These practices follow current CDC recommendations.

On-Site Safety for Clients, Visitors, Mock Participants and Trask Team members

  • Options for clients to present to jurors remotely, or from another room on site
  • Options for clients to pre-record presentations either during on-site preparation day or remotely
  • Protective facial coverings provided at client’s request
  • Ample 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and other cleaning products available
  • Hospital-grade antimicrobial hand soap provided for all restrooms to be used by the project
  • Professional/Hospital-grade infrared thermometers available
  • Clients, visitors and Trask team seats at least six feet—or CDC recommended distance—from one another in the Work/Observation Room
  • Meals and beverages served/packaged individually (no open buffet-style meals or snacks)

Mock Participant Recruitment

  • Respondents complete COVID-19 health screening questionnaire offsite prior to the project
  • Respondents screened regarding recent travel (e.g., domestic, international, cruise ships)
  • Enhanced video call vetting of respondents
  • Increased participant education and expectations
    • Respondents will be notified of the additional safety measures (e.g., infrared thermometer readings throughout day, hand sanitizer application sessions, increased space between participant seats)
    • During respondent vetting, additional detail provided verbally and visually of what to expect on-site

Mock Participant On-Site Safety

  • Jurors’ temperatures will be tested upon arrival and throughout day via professional/hospital-grade infrared thermometers
  • Respondents will sign agreement to notify recruit team immediately if they begin to suspect symptoms
  • At any point, jurors suspected of exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be dismissed
  • Jurors will be monitored and instructed as needed to ensure they follow our Health and Safety Policy (e.g., adequate social distancing)
  • Jurors will be seated with ample separation from one another during presentations and deliberations/break-out sessions
  • Juror Break Room seats will be spaced with ample separation
  • Protective facial coverings can be provided to jurors, depending on client preferences, government guidelines, and mask availability
  • Juror meals and beverages will be packaged/served individually (no open buffet-style meals or snacks)
  • Jurors will be required to thoroughly apply 70% alcohol hand sanitizer and/or use sanitizing wipes each time they re-enter the mock courtroom and their breakroom
  • Hospital-grade antimicrobial hand soap provided for jurors’ restrooms
  • Jurors’ handheld survey instruments and seats will be sanitized during each break throughout day
  • Surfaces in Juror Break Room will be sanitized prior to jurors’ return for each break
  • Public health reminders (e.g., “Wash your hands”) posted in restroom and Juror Break Room