Health and Safety Practices Being Implemented
As Georgia Tech increases the number of on-site community members, cleaning and disinfection efforts will increase. Buildings and labs being reopened will first undergo proper sanitation protocols. Cleaning of labs will be performed regularly by lab managers and research personnel. They will be provided training on proper cleaning methods prior to resuming lab operations.
Buildings that house the research activities of returning researchers will be opened and maintained using new disinfection methods. Other buildings will remain closed for the time being to allow facilities resources to be shifted to areas of higher occupancy. Those same protocols will be implemented as additional buildings on campus are opened.
New measures are being put in place all over campus to safeguard each of you:
- All common areas will be closed, except for those where social distancing can be maintained.
- Elevators and bathrooms will have signs posted indicating only one person is permitted at a time.
- Bathroom doors will be equipped with occupancy indicators.
- Bathrooms will be closed to anyone other than cleaners during cleaning times.
- Instructions will be posted for proper hygiene and handwashing.
- Signs will be posted at the entrance to buildings that no one with a fever or symptoms of Covid-19 is permitted inside the building. Contact-less thermometers will be supplied to all buildings as they reopen.
- Employees who, due to their job function, are unable to consistently maintain 6 feet of separation from other people will be required to wear cloth face coverings while at work. (Cloth face coverings will be provided for employees who are required to wear them.)
- HR will compile a list of units or offices where mask-wearing is required due to inability to consistently practice social distancing.
- A guidebook with health information and protocols will be available for all faculty, staff, and students.
- The following materials will be purchased and made available in workplaces to prevent the spread of Covid-19:
- Tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles.
- Soap and/or hand sanitizer.
- Disinfectant wipes.
Georgia Tech is also implementing a wellness check protocol to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our community. This wellness check will include temperature screenings. Contact-less thermometers will be provided onsite to staff members who are unable to screen at home. All employees should self-administer the Covid-19 Daily Self-Checklist before reporting to campus. If you have a temperature greater than 100.4º F or you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, please follow the steps provided and do not come to work.
These steps also apply if you begin to feel ill while at work. If that happens, notify your supervisor or manager immediately. You can find more information and download the Covid-19 Daily Self-Checklist at health.gatech.edu/coronavirus.