Yes. Buffalo State custodial services has enacted revised cleaning and sanitation protocols, including a heightened focus on disinfecting high-touch surfaces and high-volume areas.
Cleaning protocols are consistent with New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Higher Education During the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency.
Buffalo State uses the hospital-grade virucide Virex for disinfection purposes in campus facilities. In addition, Buffalo State uses the hospital-grade disinfectant Oxivir in classroom settings.
These disinfectants are recommended for use against viruses like COVID-19. They are hospital-grade virucides listed by the Environment Protection Agency as disinfectants for use against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.
High-touch surfaces include all restroom surfaces, doors and doorknobs, exit door panic bar devices, light switches, desktops, chairs, pencil sharpeners, stairwell and ramp railings, elevator buttons, benches, lockers, computer keyboards, and mice. General-purpose computer lab equipment will be cleaned by Custodial Services.
Faculty/Staff are responsible to clean and disinfect their own personal office computer by using the virucide (Virex) provided to their department. When cleaning a computer or computer keyboard, it is recommended you spray a disinfectant product into a cleaning cloth and then wipe down the equipment. Do not spray cleaning solution directly onto the computer equipment.
Custodial Services distributed bottles of Virex and rolls of paper towels to all departments and trade shops during March 2020. Custodial staff will monitor the products within these spaces and replace or refill them as needed.
If your department has not received Virex, or needs more, please contact Scott Kent at (716) 878-3404.
Oxivir has been procured solely for use within classrooms and will not be distributed for use within offices or other campus facilities.
Facilities Construction and Planning has identified strategic and consistent locations in all buildings where touchless hand sanitizing units are being installed and maintained by Custodial Services. If you believe additional units might be needed in your area, please request an assessment from the Environmental Health and Safety Office.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer for personal use.
Yes. Cleaning staff assigned to the residence halls will continue to clean all residence halls that remain operational. Staff assigned to academic and administrative facilities will focus additional attention on high-volume buildings as a priority such as the Campbell Student Union, Child Care Center, Cleveland Hall, E. H. Butler Library, Moot Hall, and Weigel Health Center.
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