July 8, 2021
If unvaccinated people need to work closer than 6-feet apart for lab work, training, maintenance or other activities with others, the following process needs to be applied:
July 2, 2021
June 30, 2021
- During this transition period toward full reopening of campus activities, please check the Return to Campus web page for updates.
- Review and follow the VCRO’s COVID-19 Field Research Guidelines & Checklist.
June 15, 2021
UC Berkeley continues to take critical steps to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community. Please refer to the face coverings distribution schedule below.
Distribution schedule pending updates to campus access restrictions:
April 16, 2021
On March 31, 2021 Alameda County and the City of Berkeley transitioned to the Orange (“Moderate”) Tier in the State Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Given low rates of COVID-19 cases among on-campus researchers and rising availability of vaccines in the community, campus leadership has approved additional on-campus research access under a new Phase 4.
December 21, 2020
November 4, 2020
UC Berkeley researchers have developed a unique, easy, and effective method for testing the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the wastewater flowing through municipal sewer systems.
August 5, 2020
Don't Use Methanol-based Hand Sanitizer.
The FDA has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Hand sanitizers that contain methanol - a “toxic alcohol” - can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed.
July 7, 2020
EH&S will be performing spot checks of labs on campus to confirm that COVID-19 research ramp-up plans are being followed (checklist below). These will be coordinated with the department safety coordinator or building coordinator. A general lab safety inspector will reach out to LSCs before the inspection. However, random spot checks may occur if scheduling proves difficult.
Lab Inspections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
When: Starting mid-July 2020
Findings: A summary of the spot checks will be sent to the DSC
June 23, 2020
May 28, 2020
You can prevent burns by allowing alcohol-based sanitizers to dry/evaporate before resuming work activity.
Hand sanitizers contain high concentrations of alcohol and alcohol vapors can flame or flash if exposed to an ignition source, switches, or any surface containing static electricity.
When a disinfectant or hand sanitizer ignites it produces an almost invisible, blue flame that can quickly produce harmful burns.
May 26, 2020
Guidance for Campus Food Facilities
To reduce the risk of virus transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic, food facilities must follow guidance from the California Department of Public Health and establish a written Workplace - Specific Plan that includes Control Measures and Screening, Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols, and Physical Distancing Guidelines.