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 was required to create a Worksite Plan specific to its worksite that addresses the required health and safety guidelines. These plans included 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 was expected to designate a supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator or another manager to monitor areas, identify hazards, and verify people are following personal protection practices. Progressive discipline was identified as a tool for employees and students who refused 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 strong encouragement for wearing a face covering indoors and general 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 UC Davis employees are required to complete a daily Symptom Survey prior to working in person. Program specifics can be found on our Campus Ready Daily Symptom Survey page. 

    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 strongly encouraged to test frequently as described 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 strong encouragement for wearing a face covering indoors and personal hygiene behaviors. 

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    ach department was required to create and enforce a plan specific to its worksite that addressed health and safety guidelines. These plans included 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.
     

    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 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 was 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 were expected to complete a 12-minute Return to Campus e-Learning courseThe Returning to Campus training module provided 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 strongly encouraged to utilize the campus COVID-19 testing program. Information on how to schedule a 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.