Commitment to Campus Health and Safety
In addition to our social-distancing measures and safety gear guidelines, it’s our highest priority to maintain safe, sanitized campuses for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We are committed to keeping public areas disinfected, ensuring hand-sanitizing stations and soap dispensers are stocked and plentiful, and having an abundance of cleaning supplies and disinfectant materials at the ready. We have also added new portable sanitizing stations to high-traffic areas.
Employee Safety and Training
Custodial Services staff are required to follow COVID-19 custodial operations guidelines and cleaning protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University System of Georgia. Custodial staff are required to wear face masks and gloves at all times and to maintain six feet of space for social distancing where possible. Building Services staff, which includes Custodial Services and Operations, have completed blood-borne pathogen and infection control training sessions, as recommended by the University System of Georgia.
Sanitation Protocol and Schedule
In addition to our daily cleaning standards, we have developed a strict, thorough sanitation plan and schedule to keep every area of campus clean and safe. That schedule includes:
- Main Entrances: Door handles, automatic door operators and door surfaces will be disinfected daily with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Offices: Desk work surfaces, keyboards, chair armrests and door handles will be disinfected weekly with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Classrooms & Teaching Labs: Door hardware and automatic door openers will be disinfected daily with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Breakrooms & Copy Rooms: Door handles, faucet handles and horizontal surfaces will be disinfected every other day with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Building Elevators: Buttons, elevator doors and automatic openers will be disinfected daily with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Parking Deck Elevators: Buttons, elevator doors and automatic openers will be disinfected every other day with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- Restrooms: Handles, automatic door operators and restroom surfaces will be disinfected daily with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1. Toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer will be refilled and stocked daily. Restrooms will be cleaned weekly using Kaviac systems.
- Trash Collection: Trash from restrooms, main public areas and corridors will be collected daily. Trash from individual offices will be picked up daily if cans are placed outside offices.
- Deep-Cleaning: Classrooms, computer labs, libraries, offices and interconnecting stairway railings in Aderhold Learning Center, Langdale Hall, the College of Law and libraries will be deep-cleaned and disinfected before Aug. 17 with Lysol wipes/Lemon-All 1.
- HVAC Systems: Air-handling units are equipped with air filters. Using High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters is not feasible without major alterations to existing mechanical systems and ductwork. We’re reviewing the feasibility of installing ultraviolet lights, which are believed to be as effective as HEPA filters, in air-handling units in certain buildings. We’re also exploring the use of commercial-grade portable air purifiers in targeted classrooms.
Resources for Individual Cleaning Needs
We’ll provide spray bottles, cloth rags and disinfectant products to each academic department to the extent supply is available. Academic departments will give these items to faculty so they can disinfect their classrooms and areas as needed.
Colleges, departments and areas with specific cleaning needs (that deviate from the scheduled cleaning services) should contact the Facilities Management Services Division’s Customer Service Center at 404-413-0700 and explain the request.
Cleaning & Sanitation
Our facilities team has developed a plan to provide regular cleaning and disinfecting around our campuses. A description of the plan can be found here: https://facilities.gsu.edu/files/2020/06/GSU-FMSD-Building-Services-Schedule-5-29-2020.pdf.
Our air-handling units are equipped with air filters. The use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters is not feasible without major alterations to existing mechanical systems and duct work. We are installing UV lights in the air-handling units of several buildings and are working on placing more around campus. We also have ordered numerous portable air purifier machines for deployment in strategic locations across all campuses.
We will provide spray bottles, cloth rags and disinfectant to each academic department to the extent supply is available. Academic departments will provide these items to faculty to bring with them to the classroom so they can disinfect as they see fit.