General safety practices
- In accordance with the governor’s directive for all individuals, all A-State employees are required to wear a cloth face covering on campus during Phase I and Phase II to minimize the potential for COVID-19 virus spread.
- Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds – use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid sharing common office supplies such as pens and notebooks.
- Develop sanitizing procedures for work areas with commonly used or shared equipment, tools, computers, copiers, etc.
- Maintain at least a six-foot distance from others. A good rule of thumb is about two arm’s lengths away from you.
- Follow any signage that directs you where to stand or areas to avoid.
- Remember, until Phase 3, all common areas remain closed or may have limited usage. Avoid gathering in groups in common areas in buildings.
- Continue to limit large group meetings –utilize distance communication tools like WebEx or Zoom.
- During Phase 2, limit group meetings to 50 or less and utilize distance communication tools when feasible.
- Utilize sign reminders to practice social distancing in shared areas.
Cleaning of work areas
While A-State’s Facilities Management team will support enhanced cleaning of university facilities, to maintain the highest level of personal hygiene, we are depending on each individual employee to utilize wipes and other sanitizer products provided by Facilities Management to keep common surfaces (keyboards, phone, mice, desktops, reception counters) clean. In areas like labs and other shared device areas, we ask students, faculty, and staff to adopt “work out” rules – wipe down apparatus and equipment after individual use to prepare it for the next person.
The CDC and ADH both identify specific groups that are vulnerable populations – those over 65 years of age and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma/lung conditions, obesity, and clotting factor issues. If you fall into one of these categories and wish to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Human Resources. As you are asked to follow guidelines in this plan – such as physical distancing and masks – please remember these measures are in place to protect those most vulnerable to the virus.
Plan version issued: June 25, 2020