COVID-19 Operating Procedures

Safe operating procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic
The following procedures are specific to Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Hall and Veterinary Basic Sciences Annex.

  1. Before coming back to campus after working remotely. Take the UNL EHS training modules that will provide you with an awareness of COVID-19 signs and symptoms as well as campus procedures for ALL faculty, staff, students and customer service personnel, which includes facility maintenance.
    COVID-19 Awareness - Campus Procedures & Self-Care
    COVID-19 Module 2 - University Operations Customer Service Procedures
  2. COVID-19 diagnosis after being at work on campus. We will be required to follow UNL, City of Lincoln, and Lancaster County Public Health Department directives in the event that an employee comes to work on campus and is then diagnosed with COVID-19. This will require that person and/or other people to self-quarantine for 14 days. This will also include a thorough disinfection of any room where the infected person visited. Therefore, it is important to keep a mental note of who you have come in contact with and where you have been during the day.
  3. Working in the buildings and entry/exiting procedures.
    1. Hand sanitizer will be available for each individual to use as soon as you enter the building. Bottles will be next to all door entrances (NW, SW, NE, SE) of the Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Hall and Veterinary Basic Sciences Annex (NW, NE, SE). There is also a hand sanitizer station in the elevator to use after pressing any buttons.
    2. The School requires the MANDATORY wearing of masks when entering into an area where you might encounter another person (e.g., hall, elevator, stairway, bathroom, common equipment rooms, supply room, kitchen, freezer areas, etc.). A 3-ply poly mask will be provided next to the hand sanitizer at each building entrance. This policy applies to all employees (e.g., staff, faculty, janitors, service personnel, students, etc.) and visitors that enter our buildings even if you are 6-feet apart in these common areas. If a person leaves a laboratory or office, they must wear a mask. You may also wear a cloth mask but you are responsible for cleaning. Do not wear a filtered or breathable vented mask. For exemptions for medical conditions, go to Process for Requesting Accommodations for Faculty and Staff OR Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
    3. A social distancing of at least 6 feet should be followed in all building areas if more than one person is present at any given time. Do not put personal items (e.g., phones, pens, keys, flash drives, etc.) on surfaces in common areas.
    4. When you sneeze/cough, please turn your head from others and cover your mouth/nose with a tissue if you are not wearing a mask. Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash can. The ideal disinfection method is to immediately wash your hands with soap and water (at least 20 seconds). If a sink is not available, you can use sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. You may need to get a new mask if you sneeze while wearing one as this will compromise the integrity of the mask. Gloves should not be worn for general PPE and do not replace good hand hygiene practices.
    5. Sanitize your hands prior to leaving your office/laboratory. Wipe door knobs and handles with a commercial disinfecting wipe or 70% ethanol after each use. Doors should be kept closed or semi-closed (slightly open) at all times. During research, social distancing is required if masks cannot be worn for particular activities. If social distancing and masks cannot be implemented, alternative approved SOPs are required. Contact a lab/office before entering to let them know you are coming.
    6. Try to limit eating to your office area only. If this is not possible, limit the number of people in any area that will maintain at least 6 feet social distancing.
    7. Each PI/faculty will establish SOPs for their specific areas (e.g., laboratories, office spaces, etc.).

If you see someone not following UNL procedures, let them know. If you are not comfortable with this, per UNL policy and guidance from EHS personnel, you are able to report it via the TIPS line.

Do your part as we work together to keep ALL people as safe as possible, THANK YOU!