Safe and Healthy Practices

The global public health concern involving COVID-19 is being closely monitored by the NJCU Department of Environmental Health and Safety to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

Health and safety 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.

Protect yourself and others by practicing the following healthy habits every day to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Hand Washing

Clean your hands often:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Social Distancing

Social distancing also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people.

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms.

Face Mask/Cloth Face Coverings

A face mask or face covering must be worn by all employees, students and visitors when on campus. The CDC is advising the use of cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The use of cloth face masks is recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


For the general public, the CDC does not recommend wearing gloves. Wear gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like keeping a social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.

Tips for Every Day Healthy Habits 

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Safeguarding Measures


  • Floor plans have been reviewed for every floor of every building to ensure that common circulation stairs, elevators and corridors receive the proper signage identifying markers. This includes instructions for One-Way and Two-Way circulation.
  • Floor markers have been placed at six-foot interval in high traffic / waiting areas to assist students, faculty and staff and others to better visualize appropriate social distancing.
  • Physical barriers such as workstation panels are being installed in high traffic areas, and where the CDC’s minimum 6’ distancing cannot be met.
  • Bottle filling stations have replaced water fountains in almost every facility on campus. Traditional water fountains will be taken out of service.
  • Furniture in common spaces, such as lounges, study spaces, etc. have been rearranged to reflect social distancing protocols.


  • Where needed, workspaces have been redesigned so that student, faculty and staff do not face each other.
  • Vacant offices are being used to lower the density of staff in areas of higher concentration.
  • Physical barriers such as workstation panels are being installed in high traffic areas, and where the CDC’s minimum 6’ distancing cannot be met.
  • Employees are encouraged to place their trash bin in a way that minimizes additional staff entering work areas.
  • Where possible, furniture in reception and waiting areas have been modified or relocated, to maintain CDC Guidelines.