Cleaning & Disinfection
The Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) Division has established and implemented cleaning, disinfection and building operational protocols to prevent spread of the virus. Improvements have been made continuously as our staff have learned the best procedures and equipment to use. We have expanded the frequency of cleaning and disinfection by custodial staff, with increased attention to high touch points and common areas, and with the support of additional equipment (e.g. UV, electrostatic) as warranted. We have established protocols for cleaning and disinfection, and provide guidance and supplies for individuals to clean and disinfect their personal space (e.g. individual offices, dorm rooms). We have also assessed the building HVAC systems and increased ventilation across campus.
Cleaning, Disinfection & Supplies
While cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, germs and impurities from surfaces, it alone does not kill germs. Cleaning levels will be adjusted throughout campus to focus custodial resources on the disinfection protocols necessary for successful virus mitigation.
Disinfection works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs that remain on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection. Three levels of disinfection have been established based on the response required to mitigate the virus:
Level 1: Precautionary Disinfection
Routine custodial assignments are followed in addition to focused/prioritized disinfecting with standard cleaning disinfectant on high contact areas/touch points (i.e. elevator controls, door knobs, push plates, handrails, handles, telephone receivers, etc.).
Level 2: Enhanced Disinfection
This involves using a disinfectant (Virex) with a higher efficacy on high contact areas to include reachable air vents. Includes a one-time application of an anti-microbial to the carpeted areas. Increased disinfection of high contact points (i.e. elevator controls, doorknobs, push plates, handrails, door handles, telephone receivers, water dispensers, low air vents, etc.) Increase to twice a day cleaning/disinfection of lavatories.
Level 3: Decontamination of a Positive Contact Area
This procedure involves an electrostatic application of disinfectant in an area or space when a confirmed positive SARS-CoV-2 individual has had contact in a building. This procedure will be applied where the positive contact occurred in addition to the traced path of the individual. Areas to be disinfected will be determined case by case. The area will be closed 24 hours prior to this procedure to allow for aerosols to settle. Occupancy will be allowed one hour after completion of this procedure.
Facilities has established a service to resupply the disinfection stations in classrooms and common areas with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes regularly. In any situation, building coordinators and COVID-19 Access Managers can still submit a Disinfectant Material Request for their buildings. To receive disinfectant product for your office area, please work with your building manger/COVID-19 coordinator to submit an online Facilities Work Request.
Academic & Residential Buildings
Classrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily. Between classes, disinfecting supplies, including wipes and hand sanitizer, are provided in the classroom, so individuals can wipe their areas before class. The University has increased staffing to allow for more daily disinfection in community restrooms and common areas. Front/service desks have plexiglass in residential, academic and administrative buildings to provide additional protection.
Custodial disinfection and cleaning services in all University-owned or -operated residential communities is a priority. The frequency of cleaning in communal restrooms is up to three times in a 24-hour period. Disinfection stations with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers are available in all communal areas such as lounges, lobbies and community kitchens. Students are encouraged to use these cleaning stations during communal activity or in study spaces. Extra supplies are available at the front desk of each residential building.