Facilities/Operations Preparation for Fall
As we continue to plan for student, faculty, and staff return to campus in August, Facilities has provided information on the measures being taken to prepare for a safe return, while providing some departmental guidance to ensure our transition back to in-person learning and working goes smoothly. For more details, click here.
COVID-19 Training - NEW Version for Fall 2021This training is encouraged for all UConn employees, even if you completed a 2020 COVID-19 training. This 2021 version highlights important updates for fall 2021 relevant to all employees, including student employees and affiliates. If you have any questions about these lessons, contact Dr. Shawna Lesseur, EHS Training and Outreach Program Manager.
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. Follow us on Twitter @UConnEHS for resource update notifications. Please note that as new information becomes available UConn will be in contact again and will update the reopening website.
- Campus General Guidelines
- Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines for COVID-19
- Contractor COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines
- COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Face Coverings/Masks and N95 Respirators: Understanding the Difference
- Face Coverings: Informational Document
- Ventilation and COVID-19
- Visitor Access Guidelinesupdated
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 Amy Allen, Associate Director Supply Chain Management, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss options.
Home Office Ergonomics
Frequently Asked Questions
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 protocols I need to 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.
- Maintain 6-foot distance from others when eating or drinking. 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.
- Signage on safe protocols is available for downloading and posting here.