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July 10, 2023

UC Berkeley faculty and staff can now stay updated on potential COVID-19 exposures by accessing the UC Berkeley Potential Worksite Exposure Information Website. This will replace the previous practice of sending a COVID-19 potential workplace exposure CALmessage to all employees within one business day of a potential COVID-19 exposure in campus buildings. 

December 16, 2022

UC Berkeley continues to take critical steps to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community. EH&S is offering surgical masks, N95s, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 protection to employees. Please refer to the PPE order form or learn more about the current UC Berkeley mask requirements

August 16, 2022

Institutional Review

General precautions and considerations:


  • Stay home if sick with a fever or cough or close contact with COVID cases within the last 14 days.

Travel Registration

    May 20, 2022

    Updated UC Berkeley COVID-19 Training

    May 5, 2022

    UC Berkeley Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19

    April 26, 2022

    Cal/OSHA recently made its third and final revision to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard. The Campus COVID-19 Prevention Plan is being updated accordingly. The new ETS will go into effect on May 6 and will remain in effect through December 31, 2022.

    March 7, 2022

    The previously announced changes to mask guidelines are now in effect.

    Effective Monday, March 7, 2022

    January 14, 2022

    Reuse & Disposal of Face Coverings

    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

    Originally posted in UC Berkeley’s Response & Recovery Newsletter.

    Response & Recovery, July 2, 2021 Issue

    The return to campus section of the coronavirus site has been updated with new information regarding face coverings, meetings, physical distancing and more. Here are the highlights:

    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

    March 5, 2020

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

    For the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak from campus leadership, please visit the Berkeley News - Coronavirus Information website.