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COVID-19 Update on EHS Services

EHS will continue to support the Penn State Community, however some of our non-critical functions are being curtailed.

  • Hazardous, biological (regulated medical), & radioactive waste will continue to be picked up, albeit at a reduced level.
    • Biohazardous Waste Pick-up By Online Request - Effective March 24th
      • On-going Essential Research Operations: Representatives must complete the infectious waste online form to identify locations requiring biohazardous waste removal.
      • OPP Incinerator Services will only collect AS NEEDED from requested pick-up locations. 
  • EHS staff will respond to incidents and spills.  Remember to call 911 for emergencies.
  • EHS has a portal to Report a Safety Concern that is actively being monitored.
  • EHS staff, while mostly working from home, are available by phone and through email.  Phone lines are being forwarded.  Contact information can be found at the EHS Directory.
  • All trainings on the LRN and the EHS Training website are active.
  • Scheduled in-person trainings will be presented in Zoom sessions unless social distancing requirements can be maintained for small groups.
  • For the latest COVID-19 news and updates from the University, visit psu.edu/virusinfo.

Thank you for your patience as we all work through this difficult period.

COVID-19 General Resources

Reporting and Disinfection Recommendations for Areas with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 - Guidance to provide recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas visited by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19.

Cleaning Guidelines - Computer and Related Products - Guidance provided for the personal care and disinfecting of sensitive electronics, computers, and related products.

SARS Coronavirus SDS - The Canadian Health Department has prepared a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) on the SARS Coronavirus that is 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.

Handwashing - Public service announcement to "Defend yourself from germs, wash your hands!"

COVID-19 Laboratory Resources

Research Continuity Guide - Guidance provided to aid Deans, Department Chairs, Safety Officers, and Principal Investigators (PIs) in considering the additional steps that should be taken to protect laboratory personnel and the valuable research being conducted at Penn State during a temporary campus shutdown.

Laboratory Ramp Down Checklist - Tool to guide researchers/lab personnel during the ramp down and interim closure of their laboratory.

Cleaning Guidance - Laboratory - Guidance provided to laboratories and research facilities to help identify approved COVID-19 disinfection methods researchers can follow for their high touch work areas and equipment.

Lab Suspension Sign - Signage to post on entrances to laboratories and research facilities closed during COVID-19 pandemic.  Provides emergency contact information for space if needed.

COVID-19 External Resources

Work-From-Home Best Practices - National Safety Council