ME Prototype Shop COVID-19 Prevention Plan

We need everyone’s help to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Speak up if you observe someone not following these precautions. We are all responsible for stopping the spread of the virus.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
1. Note that only individuals officially designated as critical personnel are allowed to come to work on campus. Critical personnel must be designated by their PI or supervisor by filling out the Critical Personnel Request Form on the MyME COVID-19 Resources page under ME Forms: https://www.me.washington.edu/myme/covid-19-resources. You will receive a confirmation of the designation by the ME Department Administrator, Jennifer Snider, within 2 business days.

2. Everyone working on campus has to take the UW COVID-19 Safety Training, even if they have already been working on campus in previous phases: https://www.ehs.washington.edu/training/covid-19-safety-training-back-workplace.

3. You must adhere to all safety rules and restrictions laid out in the University of Washington COVID-19 Prevention Plan for the Workplace, which can be found at https://www.ehs.washington.edu/covid-19-health-and-safety-resources, as well as the guidance published by the University of Washington Office of Research: https://www.washington.edu/research/announcements/mitigating-impacts-to-research-activities-due-to-covid-19/. In particular, in-person research is currently only allowed if it falls into one of the categories listed in the above document:
• Research that will help deal with the pandemic.
• Public health research.
• Research that has the potential to lead to therapies to treat human health problems.
• Research that will help the nation recover after the pandemic eases.
• Research involving long-term experiments, or maintaining vital equipment, cell lines, animals, and other time-sensitive research items, for which a pause would cause undue harm and/or cost.
• Some areas of research that involve human subjects, travel, or field work that are already allowed. Please check the Office of Research website above for more information and for additional allowable research that will be announced in the next few weeks.
• Research involving long-term experiments, or maintaining vital equipment, cell lines, animals, and other time-sensitive research items, for which a pause would cause undue harm and/or cost.
• All areas of research that are required to meet an upcoming deadline.
• All facilities that support research, if the support cannot be carried out remotely.

4. Never come to campus, MEB, ME Annex, a ME lab, or a shared facility if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of infection:
• A new fever (100.4 F or higher) or a sense of having a fever?
• A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New muscle pain that you cannot attribute to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity, such as physical exercise?
• New gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose, that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New loss of taste or smell that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
• New headache that you cannot attribute to another health condition or emotional reason?

5. You must complete the daily COVID-19 symptom attestation in Workday every day you come to work. If you are not able to access the attestation through Workday, please use this Catalyst survey:https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/jsnider/390702.

6. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, are confirmed to have COVID-19, or have someone at home with COVID-19, stay home, contact your healthcare provider, and immediately notify the EH&S Employee Health Center at covidehc@uw.edu or 206-685-1026. For further information on what to do you can consult the FAQ: https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/faq/#health. The identity of individuals who have or may have COVID-19 is handled as protected information. EH&S will provide guidance on communicating to staff (as appropriate). EH&S will notify individuals who had close contact with the ill person up to 48 hours prior to the development of symptoms. EH&S will provide close contacts with public health recommendations that may include staying home and monitoring their health for 14 days. EH&S will evaluate the locations where the person spent time on campus for enhanced cleaning and disinfection.

7. If you start showing symptoms of illness while at work, immediately leave, notify EH&S as above, and notify Jennifer Snider (jsnider@uw.edu) and the staff in charge of the lab/shop where you were working.

8. Develop a personal transportation plan that minimizes proximity to other people. Consider cycling, walking, or driving instead of public transportation.

9. Be present in the shop only as long as necessary. Plan in advance to minimize time around other users and the general population on campus.

10. Assume that everyone (including yourself) might be an asymptomatic carrier. Use appropriate precautions as transmission may still occur with people displaying no symptoms.


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