Our number one planning principle since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic has been to protect the health of our campus community. As we look to increase the number of people working onsite and prepare for the fall semester, we want to share with you the health and safety measures we have implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.  We also want to tell you about how we envision your role in helping to protect the health of our community, since we are all in this together. The University’s health and safety measures include:
  • Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces consistent with public health recommendations and OSHA guidelines (PDF) for disinfection;
  • Ensuring hand sanitizer stations are located in all buildings, subject to availability of hand sanitizer;
  • Flushing water in the buildings that will be occupied;
  • Checking ventilation for proper airflow; and
  • Limiting the number of people working and learning in buildings, particularly in our laboratories and classrooms, to facilitate physical distancing.
In order to have access to UC Berkeley worksites, each employee and contractor who is authorized to work on campus is required to:
  • Complete a ten-minute online training.
  • Review and acknowledge the UC Berkeley COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide for Returning to the Workplace. You will receive a notification directly from our learning management system to complete the online training. If you have not already done so, please review and sign the Guide. For those unable to complete the training or review the Guide online, please coordinate with your supervisor. For managers whose employees do not have access to the learning management system, the guide can be downloaded (PDF).  If you have any issues with the learning management system, please email Learning Center.
  • Complete a symptom screener for each day that you intend to work on site (and you may only work on site if you have been directed to do so by your supervisor). Upon verifying that you do not have any symptoms and have not been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, the system will automatically generate a certificate granting you access. A copy of the certificate will also be sent to your email address. With access issues, email Symptom Screener.
If we each implement the measures set forth in the online training and the Guide, the combined effect will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. So, if you see someone who has forgotten to put on their mask or forgotten to clean a common area, simply remind them of the proper safety protocol with a polite, “Please.” For example, “Please wear a mask when you are on campus.” And for those of us who receive a reminder from a colleague, we should politely say “Thank you” and immediately follow the proper safety protocol. Although these measures will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, they will not eliminate the risk entirely. Given the size of our population on campus at any given time, it is likely that some people will become infected with COVID-19. We understand that this information is a cause for concern and greatly appreciate your willingness to continue to provide service to the University and its students. More information about who should and should not return to working on campus (and other university work sites) was included in the campus message on working from home.