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What are my options if I am unable to fully work due to child care responsibilities at home or other factors?

To support employees during this period of uncertainty, the university has created new interim policies, effective September 1. Employees should consult with their supervisor to discuss options such as flexible work arrangements, COVID Flex Hours, personal leave, Paid…

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If the university, the County or a healthcare provider requires me to quarantine following personal travel, and I am unable to work from home, what options do I have?

If you are restricted from returning to Stanford due to personal travel and are unable to work from home, you may use COVID Flex Hours and/or vacation/PTO/floating holiday, or take an unpaid leave of absence. For information about the…

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I am thinking of resuming my commute to Stanford’s main campus or Stanford Redwood City in summer or fall 2021. What do I need to know about parking permits, parking enforcement and transit passes?

Stanford Transportation is listening to employee questions and concerns regarding sustainable commute programs and other resources. They are identifying solutions based on the number of people working on-site each day and the transportation needs of the Stanford community, among other…

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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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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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