The key principle used in developing campus-level guidance is to provide “for localized decision making to best meet university policies and guidelines.” The chancellor intent is to set the high-level guidance on a minimum number of key elements, and to allow local decision makers the flexibility to operate within those key elements. There is the expectation that faculty, staff and students will conduct their work within this framework, however, there may be decisions the CGS leadership needs to make based on many different situations with the primary goal for the decision to ensure the health and safety of our team and of the community.
A critical point to remember is that if one member of a group tests positive for COVID-19, and/or comes into contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, the entire group that has had contact with the person(s) will be required to self-quarantine—putting the entire group out of action. The group that will be expected to quarantine themselves will be much larger if there is not good information about who came into contact with whom, and when—thus the need to develop a work plan by faculty and staff supervisors.
The PGA Golf Management Program has a number of University events and tournaments that take place off-campus. To ensure the safety of all students and individuals attending those events, the unit will be adhering to UNL's Forward to Fall event guidelines, including the event approval process and conducting risk assessments.
- Every employee able to effectively work remotely should continue to do so.
- Local public health guidance in Lincoln continues to limit any gathering to groups of 10 or less, with social distancing of at least six feet. University sites around Nebraska must follow local health guidelines.
- If some employees within a unit do return to work in the office, unit leaders need to ensure that no more than one-third of workplace personnel are present at any time. This is being done to help reduce the density of our worksites.
- Consistent with local public health guidance, employees are expected to wear face coverings when interacting in-person with other individuals.
- In-person meetings should be avoided whenever possible. Employees are encouraged to continue to utilize Zoom for meetings.
- As long as face masks are worn and the six-foot physical distancing is maintained, being in the same classroom as someone who tests positive does not constitute close contact.
Appropriate notification procedure must be followed if you learn that an employee or student has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to the infection. It is important that you notify the department head as quickly as possible when this information comes to your attention. Please call or send a generic email without any information identifying the specific employee(s) involved. Since exposures involve medical information, we are bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. It is very important that we follow these guidelines related to employee confidentiality.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Disinfect and practice proper hygiene—hand washing with soap should be a consistent and common practice.
- Maintain 6-ft distance.
- Sanitizing stations are placed at all entrances to buildings.
- CGS site supervisor will disinfect common areas in 203 Keim Hall.
- Please do your part and clean and sanitize your personal work and lab areas.
There will be signage in all equipment and social common areas. Custodians will disinfect common social areas and the CGS site supervisor will disinfect common office areas, but we expect that everyone will be responsible and clean to ensure health and safety of CGS members and visitors. Use appropriate disinfectant in touch points before and after use. Appropriate disinfecting wipes will be available in common use equipment areas.
PGM Lab Guidelines
- Be aware of Federal, State and local health guidelines in regards to Covid-19:
- Utilize the ForeTees system to book the lab space.
- Wear PPE as per EHS door postings and face coverings while in shared spaces. See the UNL policy on face coverings.
- When working in the laboratory clean and disinfect the work surface and tools prior to beginning your work. The following is a list of those disinfectants that can be effective against Covid-19, be especially mindful of contact/dwell time of disinfectants:
- Wipe down any high touch surfaces or equipment you will employ or come in contact with. Consider marking those high touch surfaces as a reminder with signage or tape.
- Maintain proper social distancing in the lab and be cognizant of the voluminous air flow that some equipment generates.
- General use PPE should be placed in waste baskets containing a trash bag, where it can be removed and placed in the dumpster.