The COVID-19 pandemic has made purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), community protective equipment (CPE) and cleaning supplies challenging. A team of representatives from Facilities Services, Emergency Management, Safety, Health and Sustainability, and Business & Financial Services are centrally procuring COVID-19 supplies for the university and leveraging available resources to build the university’s stockpile of supplies as quickly as possible. This centralized approach provides for consistent, cost-effective bulk purchasing of COVID-19 safety and cleaning supplies that align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and County health guidelines. Individual departments are not required to purchase these supplies independently.
Additionally, the campus is providing 3-ply face coverings and hand sanitizer at the main entrances to every building. These stations are placed at the following locations:
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Please receive confirmation email before arrival.*
The following guidelines are provided to assist schools, colleges and departments in determining their COVID-19 safety supply needs in preparation for the fall.
Faculty and staff will be provided cleaning resources so that they have the opportunity to wipe down surfaces they use, such as desks and chairs before sitting down for class, or after using office spaces. Spray bottles with disinfectant solution and microfiber towels will be provided to support this effort. Spray bottles of disinfection/cleaning solution and microfiber towels will be provided to support self-cleaning of personal work areas. Custodial crew will continue to clean and disinfect common areas. One disinfectant spray bottle is given out with five microfiber towels. You can order a disinfectant spray bottle that comes with microfiber towels from the Covered Cougar Resource Request Form.
Please return empty disinfectant spray bottles and used microfiber towels to Craven 4700.
In January 2022, Cal/OSHA updated its standard and definition for face coverings indoors, stating that proper face coverings include a three-ply surgical or medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A proper face covering cannot have visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric.
The California Department of Public Health also recommended in January that people upgrade from cloth face coverings to either surgical masks or KN95/N95/KF94 disposable respirators given the more transmittable Omicron variant.
On March 14, 2022, CSUSM announced an update to campus masking guidelines, regardless of vaccination status:
While masking will no longer be required in non-instructional indoor spaces, we expect that many members of our community will choose to continue masking, which is fully supported and encouraged. Public health leaders have emphasized the increased protection that face coverings provide as well as the value of masking, particularly for those who are immunocompromised or otherwise medically vulnerable.Keep in mind:
Everyone is encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water throughout the day, especially after they have been in a public place, used a shared object, or coughed or sneezed. When soap and warm water is not readily available, an approved hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be used. The CDC recommends hand washing with soap and warm water whenever possible as the best means of hand sanitization.
N95 Respirators: The availability of N95 respirators is limited. N95 respirators are typically reserved for health care workers and first responders (University Police); however, employees may submit a request for N95 respirators and must review the mandatory N95 information and complete the required training.
Departments and employees must be considerate of the supply limitation and should submit a Resource Request form to order supplies for their immediate needs only. We cannot accommodate stockpiling of supplies for future use.
Need additional supplies? Supplies can be replenished when available through an additional Resource Request form submission. Excessive requests will require a follow-up by SH&S staff members.
An Appointment and Resource Request form must be filled out for each item being requested by the employee. For instance, if you are requesting one box of 50 face coverings and two bottles of hand sanitizer, you must submit two separate forms.
Requestors will receive a confirmation email when their order is ready for pick-up. Supplies can be picked up by appointment Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fulfilled orders will be available at the front desk of Craven 4700 with the requestor's name. Please allow one business day for orders to be fulfilled after the request form is submitted. The requester will be notified if the order will be delayed or if their full request cannot be fulfilled due to supply shortages.
*All fulfilled resource requests must be picked up within three business days from requested appointment date. If not, resources will be returned back to inventory and a new resource request must be made.*
These guidelines will be updated as needed to reflect current guidance from public health professionals and supply availability. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Office of Safety, Health, and Sustainability at email@example.com.