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 Interim Public Health Policy 290-01, which describes individual responsibility to implement worksite physical and behavioral mitigations to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. With the end of California's State of Emergency on Feb. 28, 2023, the university ended it's Interim Public Health Policy.
As part of its COVID-19 Prevention Plan, 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 help 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 asked to stay home if they are sick and test for COVID-19 if they have symptoms of the virus. The university ended its Daily Symptom Survey on Feb. 28, 2023 as part of the end of the State of Emergency.
UC Davis offers free COVID-19 antigen test kits on campus. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to test if they feel sick, described on the COVID-19 Screening and Testing Scope plan page. And everyone is strongly encouraged to notify the university if they test positive for COVID-19 through a self-reporting tool in Health-e-Messaging.
- 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.
In addition, each 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.
* Coronavirus Campus Information
* Chancellor's Messages
* Dateline UC Davis
* Safety Services COVID-19 Updates
* UC Davis COVID-19 Dashboard
* Campus Ready Potential Worksite Exposure Reporting
- Training and Instruction
UC Davis provides training and instruction for employees on the prevention of COVID-19 via a short presentation available through the Learning Management System.
- Exclusion of COVID-19 Cases
UC Davis expects all students, staff, academics and visitors to 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 are strong encouraged to notify UC Davis if they test positive for COVID-19 and university healthcare professionals within Occupational Health will guide employee through the isolation process.
- 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 to employee who report they test positive for COVID-19 from Occupational Health Services.