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Cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) including reusable cloth face coverings, refillable personal hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes were made available to faculty, staff and students at the beginning of the fall semester.  If you did not receive your PPE, students should contact the Bookstore and faculty/staff should contact your Building Coordinator.  In addition to providing PPE supplies to individuals, public hand-sanitizing stations are available at the entrance to each building and sanitizer refill stations are located across campus. 

Resupply of PPE during the Fall Semester

It is our intention to provide an inventory of PPE to allow departments to maintain a 4-6 week supply of departmental-sized hand sanitizer dispensers and canisters of disinfecting wipes at a centralized location. Facilities Management will work with departments to identify contacts who will be authorized to order supplies. Supplies will be stored in the Facilities Management warehouse.

Cleaning Procedures

Facilities Management has implemented new cleaning protocols to meet CDC sanitization guidelines. In accordance with these guidelines, every room on campus has been inventoried and classified by type to determine sanitization needs and the methods necessary to meet these requirements. There are numerous variations of sanitization protocol for the numerous room types, from classrooms to residence hall bathrooms, from athletic training rooms to wet lab space, etc.

Housekeeping staff have been augmented with temporary workers so additional staff can be deployed during the business day to continuously sanitize high-traffic areas. Second shift housekeeping staff also have additional sanitizing duties each evening. An outsourced service for rapid response COVID-19 sanitization is utilized to provide this service for quarantine areas as well as any other area deemed necessary.

The room inventory spreadsheet is available for those who would like more information on the cleaning protocols for the various spaces on campus.

Classroom Cleaning Protocols

  • Housekeeping staff use electrostatic spraying to disinfect classrooms, including e-classrooms, each evening. 
  • Housekeeping staff will not be wiping down computers, lecture stations or other equipment. Users should clean lecture stations, microphones, keyboards and computer mice prior to and after each use. 
  • Large canisters of disinfecting wipes are available in some areas, including all classrooms.

Biltmore Park Cleaning Protocol

  • Housekeeping staff clean each evening, including sanitizing instructor stations, and use electrostatic spraying to further disinfect classrooms once a week.
  • Housekeeping staff will not wipe down instructor stations, tables, chairs, desks, or other equipment during the day between classes, so users should clean their work areas prior to and after each use. There will be alcohol wipes at the instructor stations to sanitize electronics.
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes are in every classroom and lab for faculty and students to clean their own workstations.
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