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COVID-19 Campus Resources and Guidelines

Environment, Health and Safety resources, guidelines and activities currently available to support the campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please review Return to Campus Process for Non-Research Activities for detailed instructions on returning to work. 


Face Coverings  

In many settings, you must wear a face covering when you are at UC San Diego. See Return to Learn Safety Guidelines for latest updates and requirements.   

Protect yourself

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Clean highly used work surfaces often (see guidelines below).
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people. Avoid gatherings of any size.
  • You must wear a face covering in certain settings. They do not have to be medical grade but must cover your nose and mouth with a tight fit. To determine if your face covering is protective, put your hand in front of your mouth when you have it on and forcibly exhale. You should not feel the air on your hand.  
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator.
  • Walk instead of taking a shared car to your meetings.
  • Wash your hands again!

Requirements for the Public

  • Stay at home, unless your department lists you as an essential campus employee.
  • All essential businesses (non-research laboratory UC San Diego Departments) that allow members of the public to enter a facility must post the UC San Diego Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol form. It must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees. Please use the Printable Posters below to help with your protocol. (Note: Research laboratories do not need to complete this form. See Research Ramp Up requirements.) 
  • All employees who may have contact with the public, restaurant, convenience store, markets, public transportation, or other functions serving the public must wear a face covering.
  • All UC San Diego staff, faculty, and students must have a face covering in their possession when they leave their home or place of residence. All UC San Diego essential workers must wear a face covering whenever they are at work unless there is a circumstantial exemption

Current Workplace Safety and Health Regulations

County Regulation

EH&S has adapted the County form to assist units engaged in non-research and non-academic activities with evaluating social distance guidelines and for communication of proper sanitation. See UC San Diego Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol. EH&S has developed this form to assist departments with evaluating and communicating social distance guidelines and effective sanitation protocols. State and County officials require employers to take these steps to protect employees, students, and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. (Note: Research laboratories do not need to complete this form. See Research Ramp Up requirements.) 

Campus Requirement

Please review Return to Campus Process for Non-Research Activities for detailed instructions on returning to work. 

State Regulation

For operation-specific COVID-19 State guidance, see Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk. These must be incorporated in the UC San Diego Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol form as appropriate. The CDC and Cal/OSHA have posted general guidance to help employers comply with these requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. In addition, the Governor and CDPH have released specific Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

In addition, UC San Diego is required to establish and implement an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) pursuant to an Emergency Temporary Standard in place for COVID-19 [California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3205(c)].

Testing and Screening for UC San Diego

Please check Return to Learn COVID Testing & Screening regularly for the latest on testing and screening guidelines as they will change.

Reporting Health and Safety Concerns

If you see any activity that may be jeopardizing your health and safety or violating the San Diego County Health Orders, please report it immediately using this form or contact the Whistleblower Hotline. For emergencies and/or criminal matters, contact UC San Diego Police: 9-1-1 from campus phones; other phones (858) 534-4357 (534-HELP).

N95 Shortage and Respiratory Protection Program Inquiries

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted supplies of respiratory protection and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). N-95 (and other filtering facepiece respirators) and surgical masks are needed for our essential workers, health care workers and first responders. Please do not use or purchase N95 respirators unless they are required for your work.

Contact the UC San Diego Industrial Hygiene Program at with questions related to the Respiratory Protection Program or if you have concerns about the availability of respiratory protection supplies.

Staff Reduction, Essential Personnel and E Access

Requests for Emergency Access for essential personnel are being processed. Once approved you are eligible to pick up your approval “E” sticker from a service window at UC 401, between the hours of 9 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Note: At this time, the E access sticker is NOT required for essential personnel. If the pandemic were to escalate into a higher-level response, these stickers may be utilized as a means of access control to buildings.

Disinfection Guidelines for Campus

Public agencies unanimously recommend increased cleaning of touch surfaces as well as cleaning/disinfection. UC San Diego has adopted appropriate cleaning and disinfection guidelines to use throughout the campus. If you need additional guidance or do not feel you can safely perform this decontamination, please reach out to the Emergency Operations Center.

Learn more about the campus Facilities Enhanced Sanitization and Disinfection Services in Response to COVID-19.

Ergonomic Support

Due to the COVID-19 campus closure, many employees will be working from home. EH&S wants to provide ergonomic support to telecommuters and other remote workers during this period. Utilize use the following resources to help optimize your workspaces:

It is recommended that you take the web-based ergonomic tutorial on UC Learning Center to eliminate ergonomic risk factors.

Events on Campus

Opportunities for limited in-person events for our students, staff and faculty are now available and include graduation ceremonies and celebrations, dance practices, packaging and distribution (e.g., DIY kits), and speaker engagements. Visit Event Planning for details on how to request an event. 

Guidelines on Laundry

The CDC recommends that linens, clothing, and other items be handled by this process:

  • Avoid shaking dirty laundry to minimize the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.
  • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to the disinfection guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Vehicle Cleaning, Disinfection, and Occupancy Guidance

When using vehicles for transportation, follow these guidelines to ensure vehicles are cleaned and disinfected properly. In addition, this SOP provides guidance for occupants in the vehicle.

Printable Posters that Are Required

Other Recommended Posters

Contact the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) if you require additional assistance.