Preparing for a New Campus Environment

In order to comply with the Massachusetts Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards for reopening workplaces, employees will need to review the following material before returning to any Bristol Community College location. These new standards are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and students and are applicable to all sectors and industries.

In order to maintain hygiene safety and physical distancing best practices, Bristol Community College will adhere to the standards set by the Commonwealth, and other reputable sources, as summarized below.

 

Precautions Being Practiced


Social Distancing

Through the reconfiguration of shared spaces and public gathering areas, as well as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), employees and students can continue to operate in the workplace and learning environment while still following social distancing requirements. It is recommended to keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other people in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Behavioral Signage & Markings

Signage will be posted in conspicuous places and will include reminders such as, but not limited to, wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, self-check for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. The Massachusetts Compliance Attestation Poster is also available on the Human Resources bulletin board and posted outside of the Campus Police office. Other measures will be taken to ensure social distancing. This will include six-foot markings on the floors and pavement in certain areas and single-use elevators.

Hygiene Protocols

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, proper hand hygiene and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks or coverings, will be essential. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the campus. Face masks/coverings must be worn in all public spaces (including hallways, common areas, stairwells, etc.) This will include work areas and classrooms.

HANDWASHING

  • Hands should be washed frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Hands should be dried with a paper towel, to be thrown away after use.
  • If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used. Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations throughout the campuses for use.

FACE MASKS/COVERINGS


Please Note: The college is now suggesting that everyone who visits campus “double-mask” as an added layer of protection, especially in places where it is difficult to maintain social distance.

Putting on a face mask/covering:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to touching your face mask/covering.
  • A face mask/covering should completely cover from the bridge of your nose down and around the bottom of your chin. Your nostrils and mouth should be completely covered.
  • Adjust the face mask as necessary to your face and press the metal strip to fit snuggly against your nose (if applicable).
  • Either tie the straps behind your head or place the ear loops around your ears.
  • You should avoid touching the front or inner part of the mask while putting it on, or while wearing it.

Removing a face mask/covering:

  • When removing the mask, avoid touching the front or inner part of the mask.
  • Remove the face mask/covering by touching only the ear loops or straps.
  • Disposable masks should be discarded immediately; reusable masks should be laundered after each use.
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer after removing the face mask/covering.

Acceptable types of facial coverings include:

  • Single-use disposable medical mask.
  • Personal cloth mask that can be laundered after each use and is able to stay secured on the face without holding it in place.
    • The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends wearing multilayer cloth masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven cotton fabric.

PLEASE NOTE: Wearing a surgical mask underneath a multilayer cloth mask provides very good protection. The surgical mask acts as a filter and the cloth mask adds an additional protective barrier and helps provide a better fit.

  • Face shield is worn in conjunction with a mask that extends down past the chin and wraps around the side of the face.
  • Bristol discourages the use of neck gaiters and bandanas as protection against the COVID-19 virus while on campus.

Wearing a face shield in conjunction with a face mask:

  • If an employee chooses to wear a face shield, it must be worn in conjunction with a face mask.
  • When putting on or removing a face shield, perform hand hygiene first.
  • Avoid touching the front of the face shield when putting the face shield on.
  • The face shield should extend down past the chin and wrap around the sides of the face. The face shield's headpiece should be in contact with the forehead without any gaps.
  • Face shields should regularly be cleaned with warm, soapy water.
  • After cleaning and drying the face shield with a clean paper towel, it may be wiped with 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect.
  • It is not recommended to use household cleaners on a plastic face shield as this may cause damage to the plastic.

Accommodations

Some employees and students may need accommodations due to a need for modified protective gear. This may include, but not be limited to:

  • Non-latex gloves, lip-reading ability, gowns for wheelchairs, etc.
  • Campus Police, Food Service, faculty teaching ODS students, and others may be asked to wear lip-reading masks/face shields.

Accommodations requests shall be submitted to Gia Sanchez, Diversity & Title IX Officer, at gia.sanchez@bristolcc.edu.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procedure


All Employees & Students

All employees and students must wear a face mask or covering.

  • Each department should reach out to Business Services to address their specific PPE needs.
  • Appropriate PPE must always be worn.
    • Facial masks/coverings are always required while on campus. Cloth masks will be provided to employees, free of charge, upon return (one each) and will also be sold at the bookstore. If needed, disposable masks can be picked up at Campus Police or Health Services, free of charge. Lip-reading masks will also be available.
    • Bristol discourages the use of neck gaiters and bandanas as protection against the COVID-19 virus while on campus.
    • Gloves may be required for certain services including, but not limited to, Campus Police, mail delivery, customer service counters, cash handling, food handling, and in the classroom. According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and are not a replacement for good hand hygiene.
    • Face shields will be provided to anyone that is working on campus if they voluntarily indicate they want one. The face shields are not intended to replace wearing a face mask but must be worn in conjunction with a face mask.

Clinical/Lab Faculty & Students

Clinical/Lab faculty and students will need to wear appropriate PPE relative to the specific program. This will vary based on circumstances and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of the following:

  • Face mask, gloves, face shield, gown, shoe coverings, and hair coverings.
  • Each department will work with Business Services to order and supply PPE for in-lab/clinic use.

Refusal to Wear PPE

To address the refusal to wear PPE from an employee or student who has not requested or does not seek an accommodation: 

  • In the case of an immediate concern, such as but not limited to a classroom, lab or indoor space, Campus Police should be contacted followed by the appro-priate contact for students or employees.
    • Students: Wendy Pimentel, Chief of Staff, Student Services and Enrollment Management.
    • Employees: Gary Convertino, Executive Director of Human Resources.