As the university takes precautions to avoid widespread COVID-19 communal transmissions, individuals are faced with challenges such as vendor services with long lead-times, limited shipping options and reduced access to specialized equipment or spaces that require continuous environmental control and monitoring.
The content provided on this webpage and its resources are based on current best practices and information available. This webpage will be dynamic and updated as necessary to reflect changing recommendations.
The following resources are provided to help colleges, departments, and individual Principal Investigators plan for a safe and efficient startup or continuation of activities.
- EHS Operations during COVID-19
- Safe conduct of continuing or restarted research
- Laboratory restart checklist
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Work Areas
- Return to Campus – Quick Reference of General information
Lab Supplies and Cleaning Materials
- NC State Procurement has purchased a supply of masks and hand sanitizer for campus. Visit this resources for examples of face coverings
- Cleaning supplies, such as wipes, disinfectant, etc., should be purchased by the department or college.
- Lab supplies, such as standard gloves, lab coats, eye protection, etc., should be purchased by the department or college.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- NC State University will provide masks for on-campus personnel, in line with CDC guidelines.
- Employees are expected to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth when they are unable to maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distancing.
- Face coverings are in addition to, not a substitution for, physical distancing, hand
hygiene and staying home when sick.
- Employees are expected to wear face coverings while on campus when interacting with or near others such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, kitchens and when riding Wolf line transport.
- Face coverings are not required when physical distancing of six feet or more can be maintained but are still recommended to minimize spread of your germs to others.
- Everyone on campus is strongly encouraged to carry a face covering on campus for use, should they encounter a physical situation where physical separation cannot be
- NC State General information – wearing a face covering
- More information and examples of face coverings is available for review.
Understanding how to minimize disease spread
- Ensure integrity of gloves when putting on – discard gloves if they are ripped, torn, or otherwise compromised.
- DO NOT RE-USE GLOVES! Re-using gloves could lead to the spread of germs to your hands from the worn gloves. Treat all worn gloves as if they are potentially contaminated!
- Properly remove gloves to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus to your hands and wrists.
- Discard gloves into the municipal trash immediately upon removing.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after removing gloves to reduce the risk of indirect transmission to your face (mouth, nose and eyes) from potentially contaminated hands.
- Watch this video for tips on how to properly remove your gloves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTYioOo__6U
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Follow proper hand-washing techniques, here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQCP7waTRWU
- If soap and water are not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer containing ≥60% alcohol.