Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

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Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Rowan conducts daily cleaning and sanitization of classrooms, residences, restrooms, high-touch areas such as laundry rooms and equipment and shared surfaces in all phases in areas being occupied.

These safeguards include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and sanitization
  • Requiring face coverings
  • Maintaining adequate supplies, such as personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies
  • Requiring individuals to engage in physical distancing practices at all times
  • Training students, staff and faculty regarding COVID-19 sanitization and physical distancing practices and protocols.

Cleaning and sanitizing

Residence halls, academic and administrative locations, Student Center and in high-traffic areas for students:

  • Rowan’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety provided guidance and training to custodial staff on recommended disinfection practices, proper use of PPE, and evaluating physical distancing guidelines.

  • All staff members in Residential Learning and University Housing, Campus Recreation, Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities, and other appropriate staff in Student Life have received basic training information related to how to report, handle, and assist others with cleaning-related concerns.

  • Staff members participated in additional training to refresh and/or enhance their knowledge and practices. Designated staff members also regularly review daily task sheets to ensure priority is given to identified areas. 

Further, Rowan has developed extensive cleaning instruction modules for students and employees. The modules focus on COVID-19, means of infection, and reducing the risk of infection, including: hand and respiratory hygiene, face covering, physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting.

Rowan’s Division of Student Life staff members have been trained to maintain standard cleaning practices to limit health-related risks as much as possible. Those staff members clean designated areas multiple times daily, with special attention given to high-traffic areas. Disinfecting wipes and/or hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout event spaces.

Educational information and instruction is provided to students responsible for self-cleaning their bathrooms to enhance their understanding of appropriate procedures and disinfection supplies to use. Rowan provides soap and paper towels for hand washing in locations where there are sinks present. Rowan also provides daily cleaning and enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including buttons, knobs, and handles using EPA rated products approved for disinfection purposes. Rowan also provides guidelines for washing laundry.

Rowan’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety has provided guidance and training to custodial staff on recommended disinfection practices, proper use of PPE, and evaluating physical distancing guidelines.

Enhanced cleaning of academic and administrative locations

Instructional areas, common areas, and restrooms are disinfected daily. The custodial staff uses Spartan Chemicals – BNC-15 and Halt, as well as Renown – Reno 7135-SB disinfectant, Purell surface disinfectant, Lysol disinfectant spray and foaming cleaner, and Sani-professional sani-cloth wipes on a regular basis to ensure a sanitary learning environment. Fogging and spraying cleaning techniques have also been incorporated as needed.

  • General classrooms
    Classrooms are cleaned once per day during the overnight hours during non-occupied times. Trash cans are emptied, all table top and horizontal surfaces are disinfected and wiped down. White boards are erased and cleaned. Door handles and other high-touch items are disinfected. Soap bottles and paper towels are replenished. All classrooms have cleaning supplies available for use by occupants.

  • Lab spaces
    Lab spaces are cleaned once per day during the overnight hours during non-occupied times. Trash cans are emptied, all lab table top and horizontal surfaces are disinfected and wiped down. White boards are erased and cleaned unless information is to remain. Door handles and other high-touch items are disinfected. No scientific equipment is touched to maintain operations of the equipment and experiments in progress. Soap bottles and paper towels are replenished. All labs have cleaning supplies available for use by occupants.

  • Computer labs
    Custodial crews wipe down horizontal surfaces, including keyboards, door handles, computer mice, and other high-touch areas once per day. Occupants utilize soap bottles and towels to disinfect before each use. No assumption should be made that any area was disinfected by the previous occupant. Care is given not to spray the solution directly onto the electronic equipment.

  • Offices
    Offices are entered daily to empty trash cans and wipe down desks and door handles. Occupants ensure confidential information is secured within offices. The custodial crew does not remove stacks of papers or items on desks or shelves to clean. Surfaces are cleaned with a wipe. If personal items are in spaces, the custodial crew have been advised to avoid disturbing those areas. Vacuuming occurs on a weekly basis or more frequently as needed or requested.

  • Restrooms
    Restrooms are maintained daily, with additional cleaning in high-traffic restrooms and for any incident requiring attention. All sinks and toilets are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per cleaning. All paper products are replenished and waste is removed from receptacles. All surfaces are wiped with a disinfectant solution. Door handles, stall locking mechanisms, and mirrors are wiped down and disinfected. Additional refreshing of restrooms occurs throughout the day. This includes wiping down sinks, refilling soap dispensers and paper towels, and emptying the trash. Frequency and scope of restroom cleaning will be adjusted based on the stage and limitations in building usage.

Enhanced Cleaning of Residence Halls

The housekeeping staff members use Spartan Chemicals, TB-Cide Quat, Halt and Bul-IT multi purpose restroom cleaners, and Lysol disinfectant spray (or alternate products certified by the EPA) to ensure a sanitary living environment.

Common areas and shared restrooms serviced by the housekeeping staff are cleaned and disinfected daily.

  • Shared bathrooms
    Shared bathrooms are a feature of all student housing facilities at the University. In several traditional residence halls, these bathrooms are cleaned and serviced twice daily by housekeeping personnel. In suite-style residence halls, as well as all apartments, cleaning restrooms is a responsibility shared by student occupants.

Restrooms serviced by University housekeeping personnel are fully serviced twice daily. This includes emptying trash, cleaning toilets and showers, and wiping down mirrors and all high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, stall locking mechanisms, counter tops, and sink faucets. Appropriate EPA-rated disinfection products are used on all high-touch surfaces.

Educational information and instruction is provided to students responsible for self-cleaning their bathrooms to enhance their understanding of appropriate procedures and disinfection supplies to use.

  • Laundry rooms
    The University provides daily cleaning and enhanced disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including buttons, knobs, and handles using EPA rated products approved for disinfection purposes.

  • Lounges, study rooms, and kitchens
    When common spaces in student residential environments are open in accordance with state guidance, the following will apply.  In the interim, references to common spaces refers to those in buildings where such spaces are permitted to be used and occupied.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols in Student Life

Departments within Student Life have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in an effort to assist in minimizing exposure to viruses and bacteria. The University maintains regular communications to ensure the implementation of updated guidelines and protocols.

Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting areas in high-traffic areas for students
Rowan’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety provided guidance and training to custodial staff on recommended disinfection practices, proper use of PPE, and evaluating physical distancing guidelines.

The department is working diligently with custodial staff to ensure cleanliness of all instructional areas, offices, common areas, and restrooms.

All staff members in Residential Learning and University Housing, Campus Recreation, Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities, and other appropriate staff in Student Life receive basic training information related to how to report, handle, and assist others with cleaning-related concerns.

Staff members participate in additional training to refresh and/or enhance their knowledge and practices. Designated staff members also regularly review daily task sheets to ensure priority is given to identified areas.

Enhanced cleaning at campus recreation facilities

  • Campus Rec custodial staff work diligently with maintenance staff and Golden Eagle Cleaning Service to ensure cleanliness of all offices, common areas, fitness spaces, locker rooms and restrooms.

  • The maintenance staff uses Spartan Chemicals, plus Halt, Lysol disinfectant spray, Clorox disinfectant wipes, Oxivir disinfectant wipes, Flex Wipes (for fitness equipment available to members) and Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. Campus Rec uses Benefact Botanical Decon for carpets and Betco Pine Quat to supplement Spartan Chemicals - Xcellente for disinfection of floors.

  • All Campus Rec staff members receive enhanced education on dwell times and proper use of PPE.

  • Hand sanitizer, Flex Wipes, or soapy water with paper towels is available in all general spaces to provide the ability of users and staff to disinfect regularly.

  • Hand sanitizer stands have been installed in common areas in both the Recreation Center and Fitness Center.

  • Antibacterial wipes or soapy water spray bottles and paper towels have been placed in locker rooms and restrooms for patrons/members to have the ability to clean as needed.

  • When the Rec Center pool and Esby pool are scheduled to open, there will be a slight increase in chlorine PPM (parts per million) from 1.5 to 2.0 or 2.5. The state requirement is 1.0. The pools also are equipped with a supplemental ultraviolet light system that eliminates micro-organisms and toxic byproducts.

  • Disinfection of the Intramural Field happens twice per year, in March and September.