KU Operations is taking additional steps outside its normal routine to help provide a safer campus environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
KU’s custodial staff are on the front lines of the fight to protect environmental exposure to COVID-19. The custodial team has taken a number of proactive steps, including:
Increased disinfection activities:
- Restrooms (including doors, latches, light switches, flushers, dispensers, floors, walls, mirrors, trash)
- Door handles
- Common areas
- Smooth surface flooring
- Light switches
- Interior stairway railings
- Classroom floors
Physical Environment and Supplies
- Trash cans are being either moved or placed outside restrooms where possible so that paper towels can be used to open doors and then be thrown away in the trash can outside the door.
- Foot pull plates are being installed on non-latching, high-use restroom doors so that users can open doors with minimal hand contact.
- We have purchased hand sanitizing stations with sanitizer, but with global supplies in high demand they won’t be available for several weeks.
The Facilities Services team also is working to make our buildings as safe as possible, including:
- Air filters and systems will be checked weekly to ensure proper air flow.
- The team is currently assessing the value of increasing air exchanges with outside air to increase circulation where it would be effective.
- The team is assessing and requesting community feedback on areas where motion-activated sensors could be installed to reduce human contact with light switches and faucet levers.
Along with many departments across campus, the Operations teams are working on many fronts to limit potential environmental exposure to COVID-19 and make the campus as safe as possible. You can help protect yourself and others by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
If you have questions, concerns or ideas about the buildings or the physical campus environment, contact KU Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.