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.
Employees must follow procedures to help protect the campus community and maintain a safe workplace. These will include completing a training video and an acknowledgment form which reviews requirements of pre-screening for illness before reporting to work, and guidance while at work.
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.
Yes. Staff who have been instructed to return to the workplace must conduct daily symptom monitoring:
Employees must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work.
Each employee will complete a daily COVID-19 health screening questionnaire in an online or paper form. The employee will submit the questionnaire to their supervisor at the end of each week. Employees using the paper form will submit it to their supervisors at the end of each week.
Any employee who is sick will be instructed to stay home and charge the appropriate leave accruals.
COVID-19 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Other symptoms may include muscle aches and pains, fatigue, decrease in appetite, or loss of taste or smell.
The employee should take their temperature without taking any fever reducing medications (i.e. Tylenol or acetaminophen), consistent with CDC guidelines.
If the employee’s temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or if they have these symptoms the employee will contact their supervisor and Human Resource Management immediately. Human Resources will review the current medical state, ask questions pertaining to last day on campus, close contacts, and work location. Documentation from the employee’s medical provider will be required.
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.
Requests to work remotely beyond the return-to-work date, including medical documentation of any underlying high-risk health issues, will be evaluated on a case-by case basis by Human Resources.
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.
Employees with concerns about returning to campus will be assisted by the Human Resource Management (HRM) Office. The employee, supervisor and HRM will work collaboratively to seek solutions.These solutions may include schedule changes where operationally feasible, reduced work schedules or extended remote work. These situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to best meet the needs of both the employee and the college.
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.
Yes. All campus community members, regardless of their vaccination status, are still required to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times while on campus, both indoors and outdoors, including in classrooms, conference rooms, and other public spaces, even when 6 feet of physical distancing is maintained.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is beginning to offer new guidance for vaccinated individuals with regard to face masks, Buffalo State College will continue to adhere to its existing mask mandate until further notice.
Exceptions to mask wearing exist only when students are
Faculty and staff members are likewise exempt only (1) when alone in their personal office or other space or (2) when eating a meal in an on-campus facility while seated and appropriately physically distanced. Any requests for medical, religious, or other accommodations to this policy will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with relevant laws and campus procedures.
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.
FMLA is administered by Human Resource Management based on the legal requirements and individual circumstances with appropriate medical documentation.
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.
Temporary Procedure for Personnel Forms
The initiation and processing of personnel forms for appointments, leaves, separations, etc., have been updated to allow for electronic signatures and routing.
The Current Employee Change Form and the Faculty and Professional Appointment Form, both available on the Human Resource Management Office website, may be routed electronically, and in accordance with the Authorization Policy for Personnel Transactions.
Questions about the forms or process may be directed via e-mail to Jamie Warnes.
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