The global public health concern involving COVID-19 is being closely monitored to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. The Housekeeping Department is following social distancing and appropriate sanitization practices and protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. Institutional policies and procedures were developed in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) regulations, guidelines, and standards.
The NJCU housekeeping staff is working diligently to enrich the cleanliness of all common areas and restrooms in the residence hall. The staff uses cleaning products certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (HDQ2 disinfectant/ fungicide, TB-Cide Quat, Tribase neutral cleaner, Lysol disinfectant spray, Lysol disinfecting wipes). Common areas and shared restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily.
Shared bathrooms are a feature of all student housing facilities at NJCU. In the CO-OP Dormitory these bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized four times daily. In-suite style residence halls, restroom cleaning is the responsibility shared by student occupants. Restrooms serviced by NJCU housekeeping staff will be cleaned four times daily with additional incidental cleaning upon request. Service includes cleaning and sanitizing all sinks, handles, stall locking mechanisms, mirrors, floors, and toilets. All paper products and soap dispensers are replenished, and waste is removed from receptacles.
Based on current CDC guidelines, the housekeeping staff will:
All washers, dryers, sinks, glass, window ledges, doorknobs, light switches, and floors will be cleaned and sanitized twice daily. Other routine cleaning such as emptying trash receptacles and removing dust and debris in the laundry area will continue.
The staff uses cleaning products certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Innovative electrostatic sprayers are used to sanitize all common areas, bathrooms, classrooms, and offices.
Classrooms will receive touch-up cleaning throughout each day when classes are in session (during non-occupied times) and a comprehensive cleaning and sanitization at nights after classes. All horizontal surfaces, door handles and other frequently touched areas will be cleaned and disinfected. Trash receptacles will be emptied, floors will be cleaned, whiteboards will be erased and cleaned, and classrooms will be reset (traditional classroom style layout).
Labs will receive touch-up cleaning throughout each day when classes are in session (during non-occupied times) and a comprehensive cleaning and sanitization at nights after classes. All horizontal surfaces, door handles and other frequently touched areas will be cleaned and disinfected. Trash receptacles will be emptied, floors will be cleaned, whiteboards will be erased and cleaned, and labs will be reset (original lab set-up). No lab equipment or experiments will be touched. Soap and paper towels will be replenished as needed.
The housekeeping staff will clean and disinfect all horizontal surfaces, including table tops, keyboards, power cords from each computer station, door handles, light switch, computer mice, chairs and other high touch areas twice a day (morning and evening). Trash receptacles will be empty followed by traditional lab style set-up.
Offices will be entered daily to empty wastebaskets and recycling. The evening shift will clean and disinfect desks, door handles, light switches and other frequently touched surfaces with Lysol disinfecting wipes and the use of innovative electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all offices. Vacuuming will occur on a weekly basis or more frequently as needed or requested. Occupants must ensure confidential information is secured. If personal items are in spaces, the housekeeping staff has been advised to avoid disturbing those areas.
Restrooms are cleaned cleaned and sanitized four times daily with additional incidental cleaning upon request. All sinks and toilets are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per cleaning. All paper products are replenished, and waste is removed from receptacles. Door handles, stall locking mechanisms, and mirrors are cleaned and disinfected. Additional refreshing of restrooms occurs throughout the day. This includes wiping down sinks, refilling soap dispensers and paper towels, and emptying the trash.
The gym will be cleaned and sanitized four times daily with additional incidental cleaning upon request. Trash receptacles will be emptied, all tabletop and horizontal surfaces will be disinfected and wiped down. All floors will be cleaned, showers, door handles and other frequently touched items will be disinfected. Soap and paper towel dispensers will be replenished. Enhanced cleaning is planned for all general areas, including lockers and cubbies. The lobby floor will be cleaned, all tabletops and seat backs in the lobby and conference rooms will be disinfected daily. All rugs and mats will be vacuumed daily.
The garbage cans would be emptied daily, and desks wiped down with Lysol disinfectant wipes, light switches wiped down, rugs will be vacuumed once a week, or as needed or requested.
Keeping University staff and passengers safe and healthy is our top priority. In order to protect our operators and to limit density on shuttles, please allow all deboarding passengers to exit prior to entering vehicles. In some instances, we will only provide single-passenger rides. Our vendors, First Transit and First Vehicle Services, will continue to actively monitor the ongoing situation and follow the direction of the CDC as we do in all matters of public health, to keep our employees and passengers safe and healthy.
In addition to these adjustments, the NJCU housekeeping staff will continue to provide standard cleaning practices. Ensuring the safety of the NJCU community is our top priority.
NOTE: All housekeeping staff are required to wear face masks and disposable gloves to clean, sanitize, and disinfect. For cleaning environments contaminated with human blood, body fluids, other potentially infectious materials, or other suspected or known sources of SARS-CoV-2, the use of EPA-registered disinfectants as well as additional PPE such as gowns, eye and face protection are worn. All housekeeping staff have been trained by the Department of Environment Health and Safety on Bloodborne Pathogens, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and Chemical Safety as per OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and New Jersey Right-to-Know Act.