Procuring COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Updated June 10, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has centrally procured and will distribute supplies of face coverings and disinfecting products to the campus community. Management and distribution of this COVID-19-related PPE will be handled by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).

Temporary Pause of COVID-19-related PPE Purchasing by Individual Units

For the following reasons, the university has temporarily paused all COVID-19-related PPE purchasing by individual units:

  1. To ensure that the local supply of PPE remains available to others with greater need, such as healthcare professionals, hospitals, COVID-19 testing centers, and first responders
  2. To ensure that we do not engage in “panic buying”, “over-buying” or “hoarding” of PPE

This purchase pause does NOT affect units that need to procure PPE as part of their normal operation (i.e., not related to COVID-19).

Units that wish to procure additional COVID-19-related PPE, beyond what will be provided by EH&S, are asked to have their request approved by EH&S. To request approval:

1. Ensure you have funding and approval from your senior leadership

2. Send an email to Joe Raab, Director, EH&S ( that includes:

  • Reason for your request
  • Types of PPE you wish to purchase
  • Quantity (based on expected use rate)

If your request is approved:

3. EH&S will inform you and UB Purchasing

4. Purchasing will work with you to complete your purchase, based on your funding source

NOTE: Purchases of PPE for regular operations (i.e., not related to COVID-19 protection) are not affected by this purchase pause and do not require EH&S approval. In these instances, units may contact Purchasing as they normally would; Purchasing will apply its standard review and approval process.

Contact for Questions

Dominic LoTempio

Director of Procurement Systems and Compliance

Purchasing, Procurement Services

Phone: 716-645-4503


head shot of Joseph Raab Director of Environment, Health & Safety.

Joseph Raab, MS, CIH


Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5818