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What guidelines and requirements apply to Stanford affiliates, including individuals involved with patient care, service vendors, temporary employees, Visiting Scholars, Researchers and other Temporary Community Members (such as Cardinal Temps)?

Guidelines and requirements regarding vaccinations, testing and other health and safety precautions for Stanford affiliates can be found on this page. …

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What is the surveillance testing program?

Surveillance testing is provided for free to students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars, through Color Genomics, as an added safeguard to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  Student testing program (link is external):  The plan provides COVID-19 surveillance testing…

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When do I need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing when working at or visiting a Stanford location?

Effective August 2 at midnight, all Stanford employees, students and visitors – regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status – will be required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus. This decision is based on guidance from the Santa…

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What are the testing requirements for incoming or returning graduate or professional school students?

The university has established COVID-19 testing requirements for graduate and professional school students. The requirements apply to 1) new graduate and professional students living on-campus or in off-campus subsidized housing and 2) to graduate and professional students returning to on-campus…

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If I am directed to report to work on-site, but I am not comfortable doing so, what are my options?

We recognize returning to the workplace may be a concern for some employees. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In following guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the university is implementing new protocols and…

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What should I do if I get something on my face covering?

Like other personal clothing items, face coverings should be laundered regularly. If a face covering is soiled with hazardous chemicals, biological materials, or radioactive isotopes, immediately: Remove the face covering;Rinse face and other possibly contaminated body parts in the safety…

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What are the special considerations for face covering use in labs?

Face Shield: Wear a face shield (meeting ANSI Z87.1) in addition to a face covering when working with pyrophorics, flammable solvents (>500 mL), incompatible chemicals such as strong oxidizers like nitric acid, or using an open flame. Conduct this…

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Are there instances when disposable face coverings should be worn instead of cloth face coverings?

Cloth face coverings may not be appropriate in some special work environments. Disposable face coverings should be worn in specific scenarios including but not limited to: clinical research with patients;some BSL2+ work that requires disposable lab coats (refer to APB…

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Will my face covering protect me from hazardous chemicals or biological materials?

No, a cloth face covering is intended to provide community protection and is not intended to provide the wearer respiratory protection from exposure to chemicals, biologicals, or other airborne hazards. Continue to perform work activities using appropriate safety controls such…

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How do I prevent my prescription or safety glasses from fogging while wearing a face covering?

The warm, moist air in exhaled breath can cause water droplets to condense on glasses lenses, even if the face covering or mask is tight-fitting. Washing lenses with soap and water and drying with a soft cloth can prevent…

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