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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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How can employees who do not have access to computers take the required COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices training?

For managers with employees who don’t have access to computers, please contact Heather Perry (hperry@stanford.edu) in Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S). A PowerPoint slide version of the COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices training course can be made available in…

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How frequently should disinfection occur in laboratory spaces and adjoining offices?

Disinfection frequency depends on the amount of activity in the lab and shared office areas. At the very least, disinfection should occur daily before closing for the day. Janitorial services are providing stepped-up cleaning of cafeterias, breakrooms, bathrooms and other…

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I am a temporary or contingent employee and I have fewer hours or no hours scheduled due COVID-19 related reduction in work. Am I eligible for unemployment?

You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), including enhanced UI benefits that are part of the federal CARES Act. More information on UI and other resources available for workers is available at labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019. Eligibility for UI benefits is determined…

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Can employees receive a stipend to purchase an ergonomic desk and chair?

While stipends for ergonomic desks and chairs are not available, you are encouraged to watch a pre-recorded session of the Ergonomics at Home webinar hosted by Environmental Health & Safety, which offers tips and do-it-yourself (DIY) hacks for setting up a…

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Are employees who are required to work from home during shelter-in-place eligible for personal cell phone or home internet service stipends?

Telecommuting employees are not typically eligible for these stipends. However, in light of COVID-19 and the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order and its recent extension, all employees who are required to perform work from home during the Order (“Shelter-in-Place Teleworkers”) are…

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