COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Policy

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This page can be found here: along with additional resources for returning to work and COVID-19 related FAQs.

Policy Statement:

The intent of this document is to outline temporary workplace practices and requirements necessary to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and maintain a healthy campus environment. 

This policy is in effect immediately and will be amended or canceled based on changing conditions. It is expected that all employees adhere to this policy. Failure to follow this policy or the direction of an employee’s supervisor may result in disciplinary action.

All employees, volunteers, or otherwise engaged individuals are required to adhere to this policy. 

Workplace Practices and Requirements

  1. On a daily basis, all employees should complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment prior to coming work on the UWL campus. If an employee has responded “yes” to any of the questions, contact your supervisor and do not report to work.
  2. Practice social distancing when possible. Maintain six feet of clearance with other people at all times.
  3. Masks are required to be worn in campus buildings including classrooms, restrooms, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and vestibule entrance and exit areas. A mask is not required when working alone in an individual office, cubicle, or university vehicle.
  4. The university will provide full-time, part-time, graduate assistant, and student employees with two cloth face masks. Employees can provide their own masks but such masks should conform to CDC guidelines and be appropriate for the workplace.
  5. A mask should be kept available at all times in case social distancing cannot be practiced. Alternative accommodations can be requested for employees not able to wear a mask.
  6. Employees should follow the CDC health and safety recommendations for protecting themselves and others including such practices as frequently washing their hands throughout the workday and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
  7. Supervisors may need to adjust employee schedules, inclusive of work, lunch, or breaks to achieve social distancing.
  8. Employees will not be required to work in a location with known or suspected COVID-19 contamination without adequate health and safety precautions. Report any known COVID-19 contamination to your supervisor.
  9. Employees are required to follow directions from their supervisor or other recognized campus official to ensure that COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are adhered to. Failure to follow guidance issued in this policy or the direction of a supervisor may result in discipline, up to and including termination.
  10. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to work until authorized to do so by a health care provider. Upon return, the employee must provide written certification to the institution from a health care provider stating that the employee may return to work.

Policy Issuance Date: May 4, 2020
Last Revision Date: July 13, 2020