What is UB doing to ensure campus spaces are clean and sanitized?

The University at Buffalo is taking additional cleaning precautions across campus to ensure the health and safety of the UB community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cleaning protocols are reviewed and adapted as the COVID-19 situation evolves and new recommendations are released.

  • University Facilities’ janitorial staff has replaced disinfecting cleansers with cleansers certified by the EPA and CDC for the destruction of ARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
  • Janitorial staff cleans commonly touched areas with CDC-recommended disinfectant including (but not limited to):
    • Door handles
    • Facets
    • Knobs
    • Copy machines
    • Stair rails
    • Elevator buttons
    • Restroom toilets, sinks and other fixtures
    • Light switches
    • Push plates
    • Water fountains
    • Table tops
    • Furniture
    • Desks
  • Janitorial staff has received additional training in CDC-recommended sanitization and proper bio-safety procedures.
  • Janitorial staff checks soap dispensers and hand sanitizing units often.
    • University Facilities has sufficient supply of hand soaps and is rapidly responding to soap refill requests.
    • Although hand washing with soap and water is the most effective defense against the spread of viruses, hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed near all rest rooms and drinking fountains and other high-traffic areas.
    • All offices have been notified of the process for requesting the installation of additional hand sanitizing units.
    • While there is currently a national shortage of alcohol-based hand sanitizing product, the university is working with our suppliers and NYS to procure product as quickly as possible.  In the event of a supply shortage, hand sanitizer deployment may be prioritized to areas with high-volume customer interactions and areas lacking easy access to sinks for hand washing.
      • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us that hand sanitizer is a substitute when soap and water are not available, but hand washing with soap and water is the most effective means of protection against the COVID-19 virus.  Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs, and may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. It is recommended to wash your hands before eating, drinking, touching your face, and after using the bathroom. It is important to lather your hands with soap, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.

Buses and Shuttles

UB Parking and Transportation Services and our campus transportation partners have increased cleaning and sanitization practices in line with CDC recommendations, including:

  • UB Stampede buses and UB shuttles are disinfected twice daily. 
  • Individual drivers are disinfecting throughout the day. 
  • Cleaning products as recommended by CDC.
  • Cleaning protocols as recommended by the CDC.
  • Zipcar has upgraded its car-cleaning procedure with antiviral and antimicrobial solutions and has deployed incremental sanitizing procedures. 

Dining Facilities

Campus Dining and Shops is adhering to all NYS guidelines in closing off all dining room seating and only offering to-go services.  

Campus Dining and Shops (CDS) is utilizing a product line of disinfecting cleansers certified by the EPA and CDC for the destruction of ARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). In addition to the food safety standards continually practiced by CDS, staff are increasing frequency of wipe-downs to ensure that all guest areas in dining service remain sufficiently clean and sanitized. These areas include:

  • All seating for guests and staff
  • Any community area for services
    • Counters, including self-service and spaces shared between staff and guests
    • Beverage stations
    • Condiment stations
    • Guest accessible dish areas
    • All guest accessible doors in the unit
  • Touchless options for UB Card transactions are available at all dining locations by using Mobile ID or Campus Dining & Shops’ service portal, GET).

Residence Halls and Apartments

  • Janitorial staff cleans commonly touched areas with CDC-recommended disinfectant including (but not limited to):
    • Door handles
    • Facets
    • Knobs
    • Copy machines
    • Stair rails
    • Elevator buttons
    • Restroom toilets, sinks and other fixtures
    • Light switches
    • Push plates
    • Water fountains
    • Table tops
    • Open wall spaces in halls

Updated March 19, 2020

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