Cleaning and HVAC on Campus

The University continues to follow Federal, State, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment for the entire community.

Measures Taken to Date

The Office of Facilities Management (FM) has provided deep cleaning and disinfection of buildings and instituted additional cleaning protocols per CDC Guidelines, including switching to cleaning products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/CDC.

FM has also developed a checklist for teams to evaluate every building on campus. Cleaning crews have updated cleaning procedures, and buildings are inspected daily. In addition to this, FM has also:

  • Evaluated HVAC systems and adjusted to improve indoor air quality
  • Secured EPA and CDC-approved cleaning supplies
  • Installed over 500 hand sanitizing stations
  • Installed signage for entrances, corridors, bathrooms, and other areas

HVAC Systems

FM and BAS have assessed every HVAC system on campus to make sure they meet Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) guidelines and provide a higher percentage of outdoor air through most of our mechanical systems. In areas where we cannot provide mechanical outdoor air, operable windows should be used. Spaces with HVAC systems that could not meet guidelines and where there are no available operable windows have been secured from use. We are following recommended guidance from the CDC and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

In addition, our Building Management System monitors over 800,000 sensors located across the campus our buildings. Preventative maintenance on building systems are tracked electronically and continuous commissioning/fault detection is used to prioritize HVAC deficiencies.

Elevators and Restrooms

The University has limited elevator capacity and reduced capacity limits have been posted at all elevators. Stairs are deemed acceptable for up to 5 stories or less of vertical travel. ADA access remains unchanged.

FM replaced electric hand dryers with touchless paper towel dispensers and will provide additional cleaning and disinfection services.

Cleaning Frequently Touched Surfaces and Objects

The University recommends that University members clean frequently touched surfaces and objects within their work, living and study spaces using an EPA-approved disinfectant. This includes personal desks, telephones, computers, and office chairs. Students and employees should disinfect individual work surfaces including desks and chairs before use.

Wipe dispensers containing the appropriate disinfectants will be in all educational and learning spaces (classrooms, teaching labs, computer labs, etc.). Departments will make EPA-approved cleaning products available to their employees for use in their spaces on campus.

              Laboratories

In accordance with current safety/research practices and procedures, there are a number of laboratories that will be cleaned and disinfected by the laboratory staff. Laboratories must be disinfected using chemicals specified by the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S). For delicate research, archival or teaching materials that cannot be cleaned using disinfectants, units should consult with EH&S to develop material-appropriate cleaning methods and procedures for undisturbed storage between uses.

Deep Cleaning Provided by FM and BAS

FM and Auxiliary Services will deep clean and sanitize University spaces following a stringent, thorough process approved by EH&S per all CDC and Allegheny County Health Department requirements. We will:

  • Deep clean spaces prior to the re-opening of buildings.
  • Perform deep cleaning of all learning spaces each night.
  • Deep clean private bathrooms for residents over summer.

University Housing

Auxiliary Services personnel will clean on-campus housing common areas and communal restrooms daily. For students living in suite/apartment-style and hotel rooms, Auxiliary Services will provide disposable gloves, household cleaners, and disinfectants with guides on how to properly clean restrooms in accordance with CDC guidelines.

FAQS:

  • How have indoor HVAC systems been updated to mitigate the risk of virus spread?
  • Are employees and students required to clean their own spaces?
    • The University recommends that University members clean frequently touched surfaces and objects within their work, living and study spaces using an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • What about laboratories?
    • In accordance with current safety/research practices and procedures, there are a number of laboratories that will be cleaned and disinfected by the laboratory staff. Laboratories must be disinfected using chemicals specified by the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S).
  • What cleaning will Facilities Management provide?
    • FM and Auxiliary Services will deep clean and sanitize University spaces following a stringent, thorough process, including:
      • Deep clean spaces prior to the re-opening of buildings.
      • Perform deep cleaning of all learning spaces each night.
      • Deep clean private bathrooms for residents over summer.
  • Who do I contact in Facilities Management if I have questions about cleaning, HVAC, or other safety measures being taken in my building?