The American College Health Association has prepared these guidelines to help college health staff and campus administrators prepare for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related issues on their campuses. The guidelines are intentionally broad so that each institution, small or large, can modify them based on existing campus and local resources. Moreover, each institution should seek guidance and coordination from their local and state public health agencies.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
Faculty and staff unable to work remotely are encouraged to take the following steps to protect
themselves and others from possible COVID-19 exposure. This information has been compiled
from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines on How to
Protect Yourself and Institutes of Higher Education.
Compton College’s Pandemic Outbreak Plan is a companion document to the Compton
College Emergency Operations Plan. The plan serves as the overarching guidance in
developing response plans and subsequent activities, leading to pandemic preparedness. Area
Vice Presidents will develop their own internal response plans to address specific issues within
their area related to the threat of excessive absenteeism or campus closures.
The Compton College community has an obligation to be responsive as with any community,
but even more so given the social nature of a college campus. Further planning, collaboration,
and training will prove to be essential in reducing the impact of a pandemic outbreak and while
maintaining the critical operations of Compton College.
The COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly across the United States in February and March, forcing cities to impose stay-athome and shelter-in-place orders. Building operations had to adjust as non-essential personnel worked from home. We are now preparing for a phased re-entry of office buildings over the coming months. To provide guidance on building operations and workforce issues, BOMA International assembled a task group from across North America to help owners and managers plan for what is coming. This document provides guidance for preparing commercial buildings for the safe return of office tenants, building personnel, visitors, vendors, contractors, and others, and identifies other operational and safety procedures and protocols that should be implemented, updated, or enhanced as we prepare to live and work in a
post-COVID-19 world. This is a framework for developing your individual property or portfolio plans. Information presented represents suggested best practices and procedures and identifies questions and issues you should consider.
Companies across all industries and sectors have been affected to some extent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were deemed “non-essential” in the United States (U.S.) by state and federal governments, resulting in employers halting operations and closing workplaces. The reopening of office workplaces should be conducted in a thorough manner accounting for several factors before employees are allowed to return. Employers in office settings should
not only address preparing the workplace for operations to occur during a pandemic (e.g., enhanced disinfection measures), but also the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of the workspace. For such businesses with indoor workplaces, IEQ is a concern for buildings that have been unoccupied and/or dormant for extended periods. Employers should also consider the comfort of employees as they return to work because they may be in a heightened state of concern. Putting in place thoughtful measures to ensure employees are well-positioned to transition back to work with minimal disruption is important. With restrictions beginning to lift, employers are challenged with difficult questions pertaining to preparing the office to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during operations and addressing IEQ concerns before reopening, such as:
• How can I prepare my employees for the heightened policy and guidelines now in place?
• How can I help alleviate stress and concern for employees while at work?
• What should I do to ensure that I am reducing the risk of transmission in common areas?
• How do I address items frequently used by employees (e.g., vending machines, coffee makers, ice machines, etc.)?
• Should I inspect the entire workplace before reopening?
• Should I run my HVAC system for a specific time period prior to reopening?
• How should I investigate odors?
• Should I wait after disinfecting before reopening?
Several measures can be taken to address COVID-19 and IEQ concerns before the workplace is fully reopened. Common approaches to addressing COVID-19 concerns also have the capacity to address IEQ concerns. In addition, IEQ concerns might
also develop as operations resume. Therefore, preventative measures can be implemented to address issues that may arise from increased cleaning activities to address COVID-19 concerns. Lastly, all of this can be completed in a manner that allows for critical operations to be performed and reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace. This document offers practical guidance for employer and employee led actions and in an office setting. It aims to address the key questions above by providing tips for 1) workplace preparation, 2) workforce management and 3) employee readiness.
Covid-19 has disrupted most aspects of our lives, especially providing immersive learning experiences. Simulation-based education relies on interaction with medical tools and communication with patients and clinicians. This experience is especially significant when we provide training on skills where tactile sensation and human factors related to grip, positioning, and muscle memory are needed for effective skill transfer. Distance learning and online video courses are not adequate surrogated for many of these activities.
Our goal is to keep on-site projects to a minimum for safety and to reflect Rush University and Rush University Medical Center policies and procedures related to Covid-19. The unique safety concerns for the simulation center team and our stakeholders are addressed here. These guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available, and emphasize employee and stakeholder safety. Environmental modifications, employee guidelines to support safety, and communication strategies to ensure awareness and compliance are included with these guidelines, which will require a collaborative approach from all stakeholders.