Safety Requirements

All faculty, staff, and students who have been approved for increased campus/field activity are to follow the Health and Safety Guidelines.

These guidelines outline: 

Please take time to review these protocols prior to entering campus or resuming field activity. It is important for you to be aware of and adhere to the Health and Safety Guidelines to help promote a safe and supportive environment - working together is key to our success.

Campus/Field Activity or Campus Access

Make a request

All university buildings are closed, with only limited access to faculty and staff with approved access.

Stages of reopening are guided by Provincial recommendations and guidelines, but USask may decide to move more conservatively in some areas to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. View our current stage of reopening.

Staff, faculty and researchers that are able to work remotely should continue doing so until further notice but can make a request for long-term campus/field activity or short-term campus access.

Long-term campus/field activity requests

Requests for increased activity on campus or in the field related to specific research, teaching and learning, or critical campus services can be completed through the Campus Access Request Form. For specific directions regarding fieldwork, please see Field Work Expectations During the Pandemic.

Short-term or single access requests

Requests from faculty and instructors to gain access to university buildings to complete video recordings along with requests from all employees to retrieve items from an office on campus can be completed through the online Campus Access Request Form.

Requests for technical and support services to access or complete work on campus should be submitted through the Campus Access Request Form.

Campus Access Request Form

Safety Permit

Changes to Scope of Work

All faculty and staff who have been approved for long-term access to work on campus will be provided with a “COVID-19 Safety Permit that confirms they have been approved to resume or commence university activities.

Safety Permit Amendments

If you need to add an additional worker or update the emergency contact information on your existing approved Safety Permit, please complete the Request a Safety Permit Amendment form. A new Campus Access Request Form is required if the scope of work changes significantly or the number of employees participating in the work increases by more than one person.

Facilities Support

Facilities is committed to working with the campus community to ensure the appropriate levels of support are in place. Protocols, schedules and routines are continuously reviewed and updated as new information is available. Custodial services have been enhanced but are focused only on areas that have been authorized to reopen. Working together is key to our success – it is important that members of the campus community understand the expectations and best practices of how to stay safe while working on campus.

FAQ

Given anticipated (and already encountered) requests to increased activity within stages 2, 3 and 4, we will follow structured criteria and processes for decision making.

The Campus Access Request Form is used to route the request and manage the approvals required for your long or short-term request for access to campus. Key information is collected to help assess the request.

The excel document contains the Exposure Control Plan that describes how to minimize exposure of all workers to infectious SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting COVID-19 disease. This plan is part of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety regulations, 1996, Section 85.

General Guidelines

Lunchrooms and break rooms must be arranged to follow physical distancing practices. Organize chairs and stagger seating arrangement to maintain physical distancing (2 metres). Staggered lunch and break times to reduce the number of people gathering. Times should be staggered long enough to allow for appropriate disinfection between uses. Ensure garbage is removed often.

Lunchrooms and break rooms are common spaces and masks must be worn until the point at which you are ready to eat your food.

Prior to eating:

  • Clean lunch area with approved disinfectant before use
  • Limit or avoid use of shared devices such as microwaves, coffee makers, refrigerators, condiments, etc.
  • Clean used items after use
  • Practice hand hygiene before and after using shared items
  • Do not use common use plates, bowls, utensils, glasses, mugs, cups, etc
  • Wash hands after prepping food and before eating
  • Once seated, remove mask

No common/shared food shall be left out for shared use, i.e. No donut boxes, candy bowls, shared treats etc.

After eating:

  • Put on mask
  • Practice hand hygiene
  • Clean lunch area with approved disinfectant
Physical distancing must be practised at all times. Do not congregate or socialize after you have finished eating.
Mask

University owned vehicles are shared spaces. Mask use is mandatory in vehicles.

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When possible only allow one person per vehicle. In the event two people must travel together both must wear masks and physically distance as much as possible.

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Encourage air flow by opening windows and when using climate controls do NOT use the recirculate option or MAX A/C (automatic recirculate).

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Single-user vehicles must be disinfected with approved disinfectant at least twice a day (lunch and end of day).

Shared vehicles must be disinfected with an approved disinfectant before and after each use and between drivers

Vehicle Sanitation Points (before and after driving)

Before entering the vehicle disinfect the following Points:
  • Communal keys and fobs
  • Exterior and interior door handles
  • Any levers used to adjust the seat position
  • The seat and seat back (if possible)
  • Seat belt—fabric and clasp
Once inside disinfect the following Points:
  • The steering column including the steering wheel, windshield wipers, indicator lights, horn, and ignition
  • Gear shift
  • Radio controls, temperature controls
  • Sun visor and rearview mirror
When returning from a trip follow the sanitation points in reverse order.
While still in the vehicle disinfect the following Points:
  • The steering column including the steering wheel, windshield wipers, indicator lights, horn, and ignition
  • Gear shift
  • Radio controls, temperature controls
  • Sun visor and rear view mirror
Exit the vehicle and disinfect the following points:
  • Communal keys and fobs
  • Exterior and interior door handles
  • Any levers used to adjust the seat position
  • The seat and seat back (if possible)
  • Seat belt—fabric and clasp