Health and safety measures
From 24 February, all legal restrictions have ended and Covid will now be treated in the same way as other infectious diseases, such as flu.
However, we urge all DMU students and staff to continue to be vigilant and take steps to minimise the chance of catching Covid and protect others. This means continuing to follow the Government’s latest advice by:
- Getting vaccinated/boosted to reduce risk of catching Covid
- Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces
- Washing/sanitising your hands and practising good hygiene
- Letting in fresh air when meeting indoors/ensuring good ventilation
- Staying at home if you feel unwell with Covid.
University measures to help reduce transmission
Enhanced cleaning is taking place across campus daily. Sanitiser spray and paper towels will be on hand for students and staff to wipe down shared equipment after use.
An enhanced cleaning regime is in place as follows:
- Toilet facilities including surfaces, fittings and touchpoints will be sanitised three times daily
- Touchpoints such as door handles, push plates, lift controls, handrails and vending machine touchpads will be sanitised three times daily
- Self-cleaning packs will be located next to all walk-up photocopiers, so that staff and students can clean them after each use
- Teaching spaces such as classrooms, lecture theatres and studios will be sanitised daily, and all surfaces wiped
- Laboratories and workshops will have floors cleaned daily, with regular cleaning of work surfaces and equipment by faculties
- Breakout spaces will be sanitised three times daily
- Computer labs will be sanitised daily and self-cleaning packs provided for users to clean keyboards, mice and screens after each use
- Office desks, door handles and meeting rooms will be sanitised daily
- Reception desks will be sanitised daily and self-cleaning packs provided
- In kitchenettes, all floors and clear surfaces will be sanitised daily, with soap and paper towel dispensers provided
- Showers (including cycle-specific areas) will be sanitised daily, with self-cleaning packs also provided
- In DMU-owned student accommodation, washrooms and communal areas will be sanitised weekly, and touchpoints twice daily, with self-cleaning packs also provided
- Self-cleaning packs will be available in every lecture theatre, classroom and seminar room so that staff can self-clean lecterns before ay face-to-face teaching. We will also have a new team of 15 daytime cleaners who will patrol the campus and sanitise areas and rooms if they are empty and deal with immediate issues
Should there be a confirmed coronavirus outbreak, following consultation with our local PHE team the affected areas could be closed and secured for a minimum 72 hours, after which point an additional thorough cleaning process will take place. In some instances, a deep cleaning process will take place if an area is required to be back in operation within 72 hours.
Hand sanitiser stations have been installed in all building entrances and key across campus, but we also encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and in line with NHS guidance.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Contractors must provide risk assessments (including control measures for Covid-19) and complete the online induction prior to attending a site. These guidelines will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 depending on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) or plumbing system-related factors and are based upon Health Safety Executive and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers guidance.
Increase air supply and exhaust ventilation
- Operating times of systems have been extended to 24/7.
- Exhaust ventilation systems of toilets are running 24/7.
- Try to reduce the number of employees in one place (increase the air volume pro-capita).
Use more window and door airing
- Encourage staff to open windows (to the maximum, even when this causes some thermal discomfort).
- It is important to keep windows and doors (excluding fire doors) open in different spaces; in order to achieve cross flows throughout the building.
- Internal doors (which are not fire doors – sign located on door stating if a fire door) should be propped open when staff are present and closed/secured when vacating the room.
Humidification and air-conditioning have no practical effect
Safe use of heat recovery sections
- Rotary heat exchangers (including enthalpy wheels) have been (temporarily) isolated.
- Where heat recovery systems are employed, the supply air duct pressure is higher than extract duct pressure, so any cross contamination does not enter the building.
No use of recirculation
- Recirculation dampers on air handling units will be closed to ensure any virus particles do not re-enter a building.
- De-centralised systems such as fan coil units or air conditioning split systems that use local recirculation, cannot be used.
Duct cleaning has no practical effect
- Small particles containing viruses would not deposit easily in ventilation ducts as they are normally carried out by operational airflow.
Change of outdoor air filters is not necessary
- From the filter replacement perspective, normal maintenance procedures are being followed.
Air conditioning (AC)
- Split AC systems for use in cooling IT servers in rooms that are not occupied on a full-time basis, are remaining operational. Risk Assessment to be produced by Faculty/Department for the use of the room, considering occupancy and fresh air requirements.
- A risk assessment needs to be produced by Faculty/Department where Split AC systems that must remain in operation for research, considering occupancy levels and fresh air requirements.
- Split AC in single occupancy rooms can still be used.
- Where rooms are fed by a separate fresh air source via mechanical means the split AC system will be run continuously.
- In rooms containing split air conditioning and reliant on windows for ventilation, the AC has been isolated.
- In rooms/areas fed by a main ventilation system and cooling is provided by local fan coil units will continue to be used.
Teaching rooms with a floor area of over 50m2 that do not have automatically controlled ventilation systems will have a CO2 monitor fitted that monitors the CO2 levels within that room. If the CO2 level rises there is a traffic light system on the sensor and above the set limit the display will indicate RED where the following action is needed:
- Open more windows
- Open window wider
- Open doors to room
- Take a ‘session’ break