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COVID-19 Updates

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is fully engaged with Penn State's integrated effort to keep faculty, staff, and students safe.  This page is dedicated to providing information on the University's efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and personal actions to help protect yourself and others on campus. 

Click on the topic link below to access EHS COVID-19 updates.

Pandemic Safety Officer    |   General Resources   |    Return to Work / Instructor Resources 

Cleaning Resources   |   Service Provider/Vendors/Contractors

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Officer

Pandemic Safety Officer Roles and Responsibilities - In coordination with the Unit Executive, the unit-specific Pandemic Safety Officer is responsible for implementing the COVID-19 safety procedures within their respective unit workplaces and buildings.  This document outlines the roles and responsibilities associated with the Pandemic Safety Officer. (8/07/20)

Pandemic Safety Officer List – This list identifies both the primary and backup Pandemic Safety Officers for all University locations.  Contact information is provided for each individual.  (7/27/21)

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COVID-19 General Resources

COVID-19 Supervisors Instructions for Assessment and Reporting - The following guidance has been prepared in coordination with University Health Services and Occupational Medicine.  These instructions guide supervisors and Pandemic Safety Officers to assess the impacts of a suspected COVID-19 case in their unit regarding closing work areas and potential cleaning and disinfecting before re-opening.  An online COVID-19 Case Reporting Tool is available for supervisors to report COVID-19 cases. (7/16/21) 

COVID Prohibited Access Signage - Sign to post on entrances to areas closed in response to a suspected COVID-19 case being reported.  This signage is posted in coordination with the COVID-19 Supervisors Reporting Instructions. (4/2/20)

Working on Campus - Employee health and safety guidance for individuals working on campus is available on the Penn State virus info website.

Cloth Mask - General guidance on the use and care of cloth masks. (7/16/21)

Guidance for Contractors, Vendors, and Other Third Parties Performing Non-Construction Work on University Property - This document describes measures that must be taken by third party employers to protect all campus personnel from the spread of COVID-19. (5/20/21)

SARS Coronavirus SDS - The Canadian Health Department has prepared a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) on the SARS Coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.  This sheet provides details on the virus, its physical characteristics, environmental survivability, disinfection, and other pertinent information.  This is a valuable, albeit highly technical, resource.

EHS Ergonomic Resources:  This page provides information on proper work station set-up, whether in your office or at home. (7/9/20)

 

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COVID-19 Return to Work / Instructor Resources

Return to Workplace Guidance - Employee health and safety guidance for individuals working on campus is available on the Penn State virus info website.  (7/16/21)

Laboratory and Research Ramp-up Checklist - Refer to Penn State OSVPR Website and Penn State OSVPR COVID-19 FAQs. (7/16/21)

Laboratory and Research Guidance - Health and safety guidance for laboratories and research teams working on campus is available on the Penn State research website.  Additional COVID-related FAQs for Researchers are available.

Classroom Guidance for Instructors - Health and safety guidance for instructors is available on the Penn State Keep Teaching Website and FAQs. (7/16/21)

Pandemic Supply List - This guidance outlines the pandemic supplies available to order from Penn State General Stores via Penn State eBuy.  The document provides specific application guidance to direct users to the proper selection of supplies as well as to the General Stores catalog numbers to facilitate ordering. (4/22/21)

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COVID-19 Cleaning Resources

Cleaning Guidelines - OPP Cleaning Standards in Response to Coronavirus - Refer to OPP Custodial Operations webpage for updated information. (7/16/21)

Betco GE FightBac - A general-purpose cleaning and disinfectant product that is pre-mixed and Ready-to-Use (RTU) by any Penn State employee/student.  No PPE is required for general use.  RTU disinfectant is available to order from Penn State General Stores via Penn State eBuy. (8/07/20) 

Cleaning Guidelines - Computer and Related Products - Guidance provided for personal care and disinfecting sensitive electronics, computers, and related products. (7/17/20)

In addition to these resources, please refer to the OPP Custodial Operations webpage for additional cleaning and decontamination procedures, specifically the Procedure for Cleaning and Disinfecting Infectious Areas.

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COVID-19 Service Provider/Vendors/Contractors

 

OPP Design and Construction COVID-19 Guidance –   This document has been developed to provide COVID-19 guidelines for all third party construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, suppliers, and consultants who conduct work on PSU property in furtherance of design and construction projects, inclusive of all Commonwealth Campuses. (6/30/21)

Guidance for Contractors, Vendors, and Other Third Parties Performing Non-Construction Work on University Property - This document describes measures that must be taken by third party employers to protect all campus personnel from the spread of COVID-19. (5/20/21)

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