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 on-site 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;
  • Providing free face coverings;
  • Free mandatory testing;
  • Exposure notifications; 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:
  • Training: Complete a 30-minute online training. Employees will receive a notification directly from the learning management system to complete the online training. The updated course, EHS 207: UC Berkeley Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 (Revised 2/8/2021), is required for all faculty, staff, postdocs, student workers, and other personnel who are currently approved to be working onsite at the University. This requirement includes those who completed the original version of this course (published on 6/1/2020).
  • Contractors must review an online PDF version of the COVID-19 safety training and email an acknowledgment to their campus contact person and the EH&S training team.
  • Symptom Screener: 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 are not aware of being 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. If you experience access issues, email Symptom Screener.
  • Testing: Demonstrate that you have completed the required mandatory testing. Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored and you may be asked to show your Testing Badge to indicate compliance. Your Cal ID card/badge is required for entry to all buildings. To learn more about mandatory testing and what the various colors of the testing badge mean, watch the following one-minute video.
If we each implement the measures set forth in the online training and UC Berkeley’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide for Returning to the Workplace, 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.