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COVID-19 Prevention Plan

A healthy campus takes all of us.

UC Davis has a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP) as required by Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to control exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may occur in our workplace in accordance with Title 8, section 3205(c).

  • Identification and Evaluation of COVID-19 Hazards
  • UC Davis adopted Public Health Policy 290-01, which describes individual responsibility to implement worksite physical and behavioral mitigations to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

    In addition, each department is required to create a Worksite Plan specific to its worksite that meets the required health and safety guidelines. These plans include installing signage and other measures to protect employees, prevent crowds from gathering, keep people at least 6 feet apart, prevent unnecessary contact and increase sanitization.

    As part of these worksite plans, each department is expected to designate a supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator or other manager to monitor areas, identify hazards, and verify people are following personal protection practices. Progressive discipline will be implemented for employees and students who refuse to follow university guidelines.

  • Employee Participation
  • UC Davis expects students, staff, academics and visitors to follow a set of personal protection practices to protect themselves and others. Protocols include wearing a face covering indoors and outdoors, physical distancing and personal hygiene behaviors. 

    In addition, university employees and their authorized representatives are encouraged to participate in the identification and evaluation of COVID-19 hazards. Identification and reporting of hazards may be communicated through the Report a Safety Incident or Concern found at the top of the Safety Services home page.  Other COVID-19 related concerns may be reported through the self-reporting portal. 

  • Employee Screening
  • All students, staff, academics and visitors to UC Davis are required to complete a daily Symptom Survey prior to entering facilities. Program specifics can be found on our Campus Ready Daily Symptom Survey page. Affiliates also are expected to successfully pass a daily symptom survey before entering UC Davis worksites using the non-affiliate version of the survey. 

    In addition, UC Davis runs a rapid, comprehensive screening and testing program on campus. This COVID-19 testing uses saliva samples, is cost-free to UC Davis students and employees, and provides rapid results in 24-48 hours. All students, staff, and faculty are expected to meet program testing frequency requirements as proscribed on the COVID-19 Screening and Testing Scope plan page.
  • Correction of COVID-19 Hazards
  • UC Davis has an existing infrastructure for reporting unsafe or unhealthy work conditions, practices or procedures. Concerns will be routed to the appropriate person for review and response. The appropriate unit may respond or take corrective actions. Other responsive entities may including the Worksite Plan Coordinator, Department Safety Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management, Human Resources, Student Support and Judicial Affairs, or Academic Affairs.

    Reporting Portals and Options
    *  Report a Safety Incident or Concern
    *  COVID Self Report
    *  Facilities Service Request
    *  Whistleblower and Whistleblower Retaliation
    *  Student Support and Judicial Affairs

  • Control of COVID-19 Hazards
  • Control of COVID-19 hazards is a shared responsibility. Keeping our campus healthy takes all of us. UC Davis expects students, staff, academics and visitors to follow a set of personal protection practices to protect themselves and others. Protocols include wearing a face covering indoors and outdoors, physical distancing and personal hygiene behaviors. 

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    ach department is required to create and enforce a plan specific to its worksite that meets the required health and safety guidelines. These plans include installing signage and other measures to protect employees, prevent crowds from gathering, keep people at least 6 feet apart, prevent unnecessary contact and increase sanitization.

    Specifically, refer to the Campus Ready pages for protocols on best practices described below. Information for Academics and Staff contain related links to a variety of other control measures:

    *  Face Coverings
    *  Physical Distancing
    *  Frequent Hand Washing
    *  Disinfecting personal and shared spaces
    *  Worksite planning for physical spaces

    Please note additional support for Custodial COVID-19 Protocols.

    When physical distancing is not possible in high customer contact areas, plexiglass barriers and installation may be ordered through Facilities Management.

    When feasible (outside of a wildfire smoke event), HVAC systems are maximized for exterior air intake. Find details on the Building Ventilation and Filtration page.

  • System for Communicating
  • UC Davis communicates regularly with its employees through a robust set of communication channels to provide important updates to help keep our community healthy. These communication channels include Tuesday's Dateline, Chancellor's Friday Update, emails, websites, signage, social media, gifts, direct communication from schools and colleges, and the deployment of about 100 Aggie Public Health Ambassadors, a team of student employees who model healthy behavior, educate people about campus protocols and encourage everyone to make healthy choices that reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  

    Communication Channels
    *  Coronavirus Campus Information
    *  Aggie Public Health Ambassadors
    *  Chancellor's Messages

    *  Dateline UC Davis
    *  Campus Ready Status and Operations 
    *  Safety Services COVID-19 Updates

    *  Coronavirus Guidance for Employees & Supervisors
    *  UC Davis COVID-19 Dashboard
    *  Campus Ready Potential Worksite Exposure Reporting

  • Training and Instruction
  • To welcome employees back to campus, UC Davis initiated a comprehensive plan to ensure that the UC Davis campus is ready for academics and staff members to return to in-person work.

    UC Davis employees can find information about campus readiness plans, including resources addressing COVID-19 changes to employment benefits, worksite plans, health and safety concerns, campus services and other aspects of the “new normal” for Aggies on the Campus Ready website.

    In addition to printed materials, signage, webinars and centrally-funded personal protective equipment, all UC Davis employees are expected to complete a 12-minute Return to Campus e-Learning courseThe Returning to Campus training module provides an excellent overview of these responsibilities.
  • Exclusion of COVID-19 Cases
  • UC Davis expects all students, staff, academics and visitors to monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick. The Human resources page on Coronavirus Guidance for Employees & Supervisors describes benefits and leaves information for support to do so.

    Employees coming on-campus are required to comply with the Daily Symptom Survey. When symptoms are indicated, information is provided through the survey to follow up with your primary care physician and obtain a doctor’s note for release back to work.

    Employees coming on campus are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 testing program at a minimum of once every seven days. However, employees are encouraged to test every 3-4 days. Information on how to schedule your test can be found on the Campus Ready COVID-19 Testing page.
  • Reporting, Recordkeeping and Access
  • It is our policy to:

    *  Report information about COVID-19 cases at our workplace to the local health department whenever required by law, and provide any related information requested by the local health department.

    *  Report immediately to Cal/OSHA any COVID-19-related serious illnesses or death, as defined under CCR Title 8 section 330(h), of an employee occurring in our place of employment or in connection with any employment.

    *  Maintain records of the steps taken to implement our written COVID-19 Prevention Program in accordance with CCR Title 8 section3203(b).

    *  Make our written COVID-19 Prevention Program available at the workplace to employees, authorized employee representatives, and to representatives of Cal/OSHA immediately upon request.
  • Return to Work Criteria
  • We follow Public Health and CDC guidelines governing return to work criteria. Those criteria can change as more information about SARS-Co-V-2 is learned. However, general instruction will be provided through the Daily Symptom Survey outcomes as well as from Occupational Health Services when Isolation or Quarantine orders in effect.
The UC Davis COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP) is maintained by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and overseen alongside the Injury and Illness Prevention plan. Steve Ball is Program Manager.