COVID-19 Campus Guidelines
Current Campus Guidelines that include masking and distancing protocols in different venues can be found on UConn's COVID page at this link: https://covid.uconn.edu/campus-guidelines.
COVID-19 TrainingThis training is encouraged for all UConn employees, including student employees and affiliates, with links to the most up-to-date information for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you have any questions about these lessons, contact the EHS HuskySMS team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The resources in this section have been created/adapted by and for the University of Connecticut community. Additional and updated resources will be included as they become available. Please note that as new information becomes available UConn will be in contact again and will update the COVID website.
Signage and Supplies
- Authorized Signs for Download
- Request Cloth or Disposable Masks
- Request Disinfectant
- Request clear face coverings for instructors
- PPE necessary for laboratories, research programs, and facility operations can be obtained through the normal procurement process through HuskyBuy.
- If you have needs beyond these types of supplies, please reach out to University Business Services Supply Chain Operations to discuss options.
Home Office Ergonomics
Home Office Ergonomics - Basics in 5 Minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Are N95 masks available to wear at work?
Surgical-style and KN95 masks are available upon request to the University community through the Facilities website: Face Mask Request Form.
N95 masks are considered respirators and are provided to employees who require them in their work, such as our healthcare staff and some Facilities and research employees. However, they require training, fit testing, and medical clearance to wear effectively and safely, and to comply with OSHA’s Respirator Standard.
Employees who would like to wear an N95 on a voluntary basis can do so, but would need to receive information on their safe use in compliance with the OSHA standard. Most people find wearing an N95 respirator for extended periods to be very uncomfortable. They tend to restrict breathing much more than a 3-ply procedure mask and have other limitations.
If you intend to wear an N95 voluntarily at work, either:
Review this document: Voluntary Use of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
Log in to HuskySMS and take the online training: Respiratory Protection--Voluntary Use of Dust Masks (online).
We have a bottled water cooler that has not been used for a while. Is it safe to drink from?
You should clean your bottled water cooler before resuming use.
If your cooler has had a bottle removed for an extended period, please contact your vendor for additional cleaning recommendations.
Is it safe to use water fountains and bottle fillers?
Water fountains and bottle fillers are safe to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The risk of getting COVID-19 from touching a solid surface (like a water fountain button) is low, and COVID-19 has not been found in drinking water.
Does my space need an air filtration unit?
- They must only utilize HEPA filters (or combination HEPA and carbon filters – many units on the market incorporate both HEPA filters for particulates and carbon filters for odors.)
- No ionizers or photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) technologies – these are marketed as able to remove odors, smoke, and other contaminants, but they can produce ozone, a harmful respirator irritant and/or other hazardous by-products.
- No UV – these units can produce ozone and also has the potential for harmful UV exposure to eyes and skin.
- Portable units may also contribute to overload of electrical circuits in some locations.
- Nuisance noise can be generated from the units, especially when operated at higher levels. Operating at low levels, however, reduces the effectiveness of the unit.
- Departments interested in purchasing stand-alone units should contact Amy Allen, Associate Director Supply Chain Management, at email@example.com, to discuss options.
I drive a vehicle in my work. Are there any COVID-19 safety precautions I should follow?
Can we use Breakrooms and Kitchenettes safely?
- Wear a face covering while in the kitchen or the breakroom.
- Wash hands after touching surfaces and before eating or drinking.
- Use the kitchenette/breakroom only for essential functions, like heating food or getting water.
- To avoid overcrowding, stagger break/lunch schedules when practical.
- Avoid eating in shared breakrooms if unable to maintain physical distancing. Instead, take breaks outside or in your private office, if possible.
- If you are eating in the breakroom, keep eating/drinking time to a minimum and try not to hang around for longer than necessary.
- Wash used, non-disposable food service utensils with dish soap and hot water.
- Clean kitchenette and breakroom tables, counters, appliances, sinks and other surfaces regularly.