COVID-19 Returning to Campus Training
Updated June 25, 2021 | 7:30 a.m.
EH&S is committed to providing COVID-19 training for campus employees.
Additional training content from Cal/OSHA (Updated 6/24/21):
With the recently revised Cal/OSHA regulations now in effect, UCI is required to provide additional information related COVID-19. For those employees who have already taken the training in UC Learning Center, as directed by the Executive Directive on COVID-19 Training, please review the following information related to updates on COVID-19 protection measures and controls.
Prevention of Virus Spread
A combination of physical distancing, face coverings, increased ventilation indoors, and respiratory protection are the most effective in prevention of virus spread. Current conditions in the county and state have allowed UCI to conditionally relax physical distancing and face covering requirements. Please reference Provost and EVC Hal Stern’s email dated 6/18/21.
Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine is effective at preventing COVID transmission as well as serious illness and death. The vaccine is available for free to anyone over the age of 12 in California.
To access vaccination and testing information, please visit uci.edu/coronavirus.
Face Coverings and Voluntary Respirator Use
As outlined in EVC Hal Stern’s email dated 6/18/21, fully vaccinated employees may work indoors without face coverings, even if unvaccinated co-workers are present.
Unvaccinated employees must continue to wear masks indoors, unless alone in a room or a vehicle. Upon request, UCI will provide voluntary use respirators, commonly known as N95s, to unvaccinated employees, and to anyone regardless of vaccination status. Prior to receiving an N95, employees must complete a brief training in UC Learning Center. For more information on the voluntary use respirator program, please visit Face Coverings and Voluntary Respirator Use (N95).
No face coverings are required for anyone outdoors, unless there is an outbreak of COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals must stay 6 feet away from other individuals while outdoors.
A face covering is not the same as a respirator:
- A filtering facepiece N95 respirator is intended to be tight-fitting and can filter both large and small particles that we breathe in, including aerosols, that do not contain oil.
- A face covering is primarily for source control, meaning it helps slow the spread of the virus, which is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when we talk, cough or sneeze.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information and for your continued diligence in doing your part to control the spread of COVID-19.
Returning to Campus - Mandatory COVID-19 Training
For the health and safety of the entire University, all employees, including all essential and employees still working on campus and those working remotely, must take “Returning to Campus” training online in UC Learning Center before reporting to their workstations on campus. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health and addresses:
- What COVID-19 is, how it spreads and how to identify the symptoms
- The importance of healthy hygiene practices, including but not limited to hand washing, and routine surface cleaning
- The importance of physical distancing, and how to identify visual cues on campus
- UCI’s policy on face coverings and why it is important to use them in addition to hand washing and physical distancing
- UCI’s Working Well program, which helps you identify potential COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis and gives you guidance on seeking medical care
- Who to contact in the event of a positive case
- Websites and additional resources to help keep you up to date on UCI’s policies regarding COVID-19
- Supplemental modules for employees working in specific job functions at UCI
As employees return to campus, it is important to understand that your health and safety is a priority. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training.
To start the course, log into UCLC here: www.uclc.uci.edu
Once on the UCLC home page, click on the orange box titled “Find A Course”, and search by title: “Returning to Campus”. When in UCLC, search using key words:
- Returning to Campus
Not Able to Access to UC Learning Center?
If you cannot access UC Learning Center, access the training materials here. Information in this document meets the campus standard for training completion. Once the material has been reviewed, please complete and sign the training roster located at the end of the training material. Please submit the signed roster to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training for employees: All on-site employees are required to view a training video entitled “Returning to Campus,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, the steps we’re taking to reduce potential exposures, and what you can do to protect yourself and others. The video will be available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched by title using the Find a Course function.