Health and Safety on University premises

Meetings, events and in-person teaching

Please observe the same social distancing guidance for meetings and events as for other activities, maintaining 2m distancing and following hand hygiene guidance, such as using hand sanitiser when accessing buildings and in rooms as directed.

Students and staff may only take food into teaching areas during 4hr in-person teaching sessions. No food may be consumed in the Library.

Please clear away all rubbish and clean areas at the end of your event or session. Do not leave rubbish for others to handle.

All members of the community must comply with the official maximum occupancy for each room at all times.

People using University facilities should use any hand sanitiser or cleaning products provided within specific rooms as directed. Lecturers must clean down any shared equipment, such as lecture theatre microphones or keyboards, after use.

Work meetings should be conducted online as far as is possible. Where face to face meetings are required, then only those people absolutely required to attend should be present.

Sharing work spaces

Maximum occupancy levels of shared workspaces are greatly reduced, and must not be breached. Where there are more workers than spaces, local line management will identify how this will be managed, such as through the use of rotas, ideally keeping cohorts of workers in specific groups or bubbles to enable potential outbreaks to be managed.

Hot-desking is to be avoided wherever possible. Where equipment must be shared, then locally managed arrangements need to be in place for anti-viral cleaning in between use.

Sharing kitchens, break rooms, showers and loos

Most staff kitchenettes are small spaces. They will need to operate on a ‘one-in, one –out’ basis, and follow one-way or other directional signage when entering or leaving shared facilities. Please sanitise hands on entry and exit.

All shared equipment, such as kettles and microwaves should be wiped down after use, and all rubbish should be disposed of in the bins provided. People should not leave cooking unattended for any reason. We do not recommend that people prepare food or make drinks for colleagues at this time.

Toilets and showers may also need to operate on a ‘one-in, one-out’ basis. This may mean opening doors and asking if anyone is in the toilets and then waiting until any users have come out. Toilets will have signs indicating maximum occupancies. When using these facilities, please follow routine hand-hygiene procedures.

Please do not store personal belongings, such as towels or clothes, in shared shower facilities. Please clean down showers after use, paying particular attention to frequent touch points, such as shower controls.

Keeping spaces clean

All teaching rooms will be professionally cleaned twice a day (overnight and between the morning and afternoon sessions). Student study and other multi-person spaces will be cleaned daily, and sole occupancy offices once a week.

Office users will need to keep their desks clean, tidy and free of clutter to facilitate cleaning. Rooms of multiple occupancy will also have cleaning materials to allow staff (and students) to wipe down surfaces after use and also before use, if this provides greater reassurance that the space is safe to use.

In addition, hand sanitiser (a primary protection against transmission of the coronavirus) will be present at building entrances and in a number of other locations around our premises.

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