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Working on Campus During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Working remotely benefits essential employees and assists in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus. All employees who can should be teleworking. It should be the norm, not the exception. This directive is extended through at least July 31.

If your job duties require that you be on campus, please follow all the social distancing and health safety guidelines recommended by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, including:

  • Not coming to work if you are symptomatic (including any fever 100.4°F)
  • Using the smallest footprint possible (use the same entry/exit door, same bathroom, etc.)
  • Practicing social distancing (stay 6 ft. from others at all times; hold meetings virtually)
  • Disinfecting personal area with wipes often (phone, keyboard, mouse, etc.) and placing trash cans in hallways for pickup. Custodians will not be entering personal offices at this time.
  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear a cloth face covering in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained and in all shared areas of buildings. See the CDC guidelines for care and usage information.

Additionally, if employees must be on campus they should:

  • lock doors behind them as they enter and leave any buildings;
  • depart campus as soon as business is complete.

EH&S is working with all departments to ensure this is being done for the safety of all employees.

Returning Home

When you return home after being out, ensure that you are taking all precautions to keep a safe personal environment.

  • Wash your hands as soon as feasible
  • Disinfect door handles, your car, cell phone and any other items you had with you
  • Consider changing clothes and putting them directly in the laundry
  • Limit interactions with anyone outside of your household

Effective Hazard Control

Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is a fundamental way to protect personnel. The hierarchy of controls below — which can be implemented concurrently or sequentially — is useful in mitigating hazards, including COVID-19.

Hierarchy of Controls: Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, Personal Protective Equipment shown in an upside down triangle.