Please practice social distancing, and be sure to wear a mask inside all Buffalo State facilities where others are present, including in common spaces such as hallways, meeting rooms and break rooms. Buffalo State's Procedures for Social Distancing and Face Masks provide details.
These steps will help to ensure safety in specific campus locations and settings:
In office environments, be careful to maintain at least six feet of distance from your co-workers and others. Wear a mask at all times in shared workspaces.
Supervisors may complete an Environmental Health and Safety Office assessment form if they think an office may need sneeze guards (safety shields), floor markings or other personal protective equipment.
Consider using signage and posters in your workspace to create visual reminders of social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.
Maintain a continuous log of every person, including workers and visitors, who has close contact with employees in your area.
Use the telephone, e-mail or video conferencing whenever possible and as much as possible for meetings and other contact with co-workers. Convening in groups increases the risk of virus transmission.
In person meetings, if they cannot be avoided, should not exceed 50 percent of room capacity and must allow for six feet of separation among participants. All attendees should wear masks while in common spaces.
Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cues to support social distancing practices.
Before and after eating, wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential virus transmission.
Wear your mask until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward.
Take lunch and breaks separately from colleagues whenever possible. Use alternative locations on campus as much as possible for lunch and breaks. Do not sit facing others when eating meals.
Departments should rearrange chairs and tables and/or add visual cues in employee break areas to support social distancing practices.
Wipe all surfaces in common areas -- including tables, refrigerator handles and coffee machines --after use.
The campus mailroom and central receiving are operating with reduced staffing. Under these procedures, mail is received, sorted, and held at the mail room, with department representatives required to retrieve items via curbside pickup.
As employees return to campus, the mail room will phase in mail delivery while limiting personal exposure by delivering to approximately five to 10 buildings that receive the most mail. These deliveries will be made early each day to reduce exposure. Departments from other buildings will be required to continue curbside pickup at the mail room.
These procedures will be monitored and adjusted as needed to meet the needs of the campus community.
No more than one person at a time should use an elevator. Please use the stairs whenever possible.
If you do use an elevator, wear your mask and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your hands. Upon leaving the elevator, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol alcohol) as soon as possible and before removing your mask.
Use of restrooms should allow for at least six feet of distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly to reduce potential transmission of the coronavirus.
If you are using public transportation, ridesharing or riding the Buffalo State campus shuttle, wear a mask and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol alcohol) as soon as possible and before removing your mask.
Buffalo State follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mechanical ventilation systems. While ventilation cannot address most aspects of infection control, modifications to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can help to some extent.
The campus has ordered high-performance MERV-13 filters which will be installed in all air handling systems. Ventilation systems will be operated for longer hours, with more outdoor air being supplied to indoor spaces where possible. Ventilation systems in all student housing facilities and all restrooms will be operated continuously.
There may be areas of the campus that are warmer or cooler than usual as a result of these changes. Individuals are asked to please accommodate these minor inconveniences and dress appropriately, so that the whole community may benefit from these changes.
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