Protecting Your Health & Safety

Cleaning for Prevention
(Updated: 08/11/20)

In alignment with public health recommendations, NMSU is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes daily enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures created by Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) based on guidance from the CDC and the NMDOH for cleaning and disinfection.

We can all contribute to a healthier campus by following these general guidelines:

  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as residence hall communal rooms, public restrooms, computer labs, exercise rooms, library tables, buttons, handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs, and shared keyboards. Cleaning and disinfecting daily and between users for shared workstations with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Practice good hand hygiene after cleaning: 
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • In an effort to reduce custodial time emptying waste bins while freeing up resources to increase cleaning services on campus, Facilities & Services will replace current office trash baskets with mini waste bins which will attach to office recycle bins. Staff and faculty are expected to empty their mini waste bins into a centralized bin, which will be emptied and sanitized weekly.
  • Facilities & Services will provide the building monitors with disinfecting wipes for the classrooms in their respective buildings, which will be distributed to instructors. Instructors or building monitors can call the Facilities & Services Work Order Desk, 575-646-7114, if supplies need to be replenished.

Detailed guidelines for cleaning are available on the ESH&RM website. That site includes cleaning procedures, information on the process to clean after a positive case is reportedand recommended disinfectants.

Our Facilities & Services custodial team has revised their schedules to increase custodial coverage and to have staff on campus during classes. Custodial team schedules will be adjusted, if needed, after classroom use schedules are finalized.

Custodial teams will emphasize sanitizing shared spaces on a daily basis in the academic buildings:

  • Clean and sanitize classrooms
  • Clean and sanitize computer labs
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms
  • Clean building entryways, break rooms, elevators, conference rooms, and common areas.

Some tasks will be reduced to allow custodial resources to focus on sanitizing high-use areas, including restroom fixtures, door handles, common area countertops, elevator buttons, and handrails.

Custodial teams use two methods of enhanced cleaning: manual sanitation/disinfection of surfaces multiple times during the day, and daily electrostatic disinfection. Teams will perform enhanced daily cleaning between 4 and 8 a.m. in classroom buildings. A dedicated team of custodians will also perform additional cleaning of the high touch points between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This ensures the areas receive two additional cleanings during the day.

Daily electrostatic disinfection will be performed in the classrooms that are scheduled for face-to-face instruction. A report of a positive COVID-19 test will also initiate the electrostatic disinfection process. A team will be assigned to perform the disinfection in accordance with the process to clean after a positive case is reported.

Facilities & Services will perform enhanced cleaning upon request, even without a positive test result for COVID-19. The request needs to be routed through the building monitor, who will call Facilities & Services to request the service and follow up with a work order. The enhanced cleaning team supervisor will coordinate enhanced cleaning to take place prior to the start of the next scheduled business day or no later than Friday of the current work week. 

Custodial team performs the following tasks on a weekly basis in the academic buildings:

  • Remove trash and recyclable materials from departmental offices
  • Vacuum and dust surfaces without moving items in departmental offices
  • Clean hard surface floors weekly
  • Vacuum and carpet spot removal weekly

As we move forward with resuming some in-person instruction, the custodial team may modify weekly tasks to accommodate increased daily task cleaning.

In non-academic buildings, the custodial team will adapt their cleaning schedule and frequency to adjust for reduced building occupancy. Schedule changes will be communicated to the building monitors.

Custodial teams will perform the following tasks on in the non-academic buildings after the occupancy load is verified:

  • Clean and sanitize occupied departmental offices
  • Clean and sanitize training or computer rooms
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms
  • Clean building entryways, break rooms, elevators, conference rooms, and common areas.
  • Empty trash receptacles in common areas and break rooms
  • Remove trash and recyclable materials from departmental offices
  • Vacuum and dust surfaces without moving items in occupied departmental offices
  • Clean hard surface floors weekly
  • Vacuum and spot removal weekly

Facilities & Services will update the cleaning protocol document regularly as additional departments reopen on Aug. 3, and communicate updates with building monitors and campus community.


 

COVID-19 Supplies
(Updated: 09/09/2020)

NMSU is working to procure and maintain the supplies needed to maintain a healthy environment. All faculty, staff, and students should ensure that their personal workspaces are sanitized, and NMSU will ensure availability of standard supplies upon return to campus operations. Employees and students will be provided masks, or they may use their own, and all will support the COVID-19 Safety Commitment. Other efforts to support personal sanitation include:

  • Sanitization Stations: Approximately 1,300 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in classrooms and common areas on the Las Cruces campus. Custodial teams will service the dispensers as part of the university’s daily cleaning program.
  • Supply Vending Machines: These have been installed in locations across campus and contain hand sanitizer, latex gloves, reusable and disposable masks, safety glasses, disinfectant wipes and other items. These supplies are available without charge to NMSU employees, including teaching assistants and graduate assistants, by swiping their Aggie ID card or entering their Aggie ID number, and paid for by CARES Act funding through a central index.4 For issues or questions relating to vending machines, contact asc@nmsu.edu or visit the Aggie Service Center’s COVID-19 supplies pageStudents can pick up free reusable masks from the Associated Students of NMSU, Housing & Residential Life, Aggie Stampede, and other organizations and departments on campus. Students can also access free masks and supplies throughout August using their Aggie ID card or entering their Aggie ID number at the vending supply machines outside of Taos Cafeteria in Corbett Center Student Union. Beginning Sept. 1, those supplies will be available for purchase at posted prices using cash or credit card. In addition, reusable masks and other personal protective supplies will soon be available for purchase by students at select snack vending machines in Aggie One Stop, the Activity Center, and other locations.

 


Departmental Supplies and Facility Modifications

Departmental supply orders from various vendors are available through AggieMart and Banner, with assistance from the Aggie Service Center. Business managers who do not have access to AggieMart may submit a COVID-19 Supplies Order Form to asc@nmsu.edu.

Space modifications are managed through Facilities & Services. Departments may also purchase the following types of items:

  • Freestanding barrier shields
  • Freestanding panel base workstation screen
  • Freestanding counter shield at a reception desks and check-in points
  • Freestanding desk screen
  • Moveable barrier

 


Signs and Informational Posters
(Added: 06/30/20)

In addition to temporary signage being installed by Facilities & Services, printable informational posters, checklists, and fliers will soon be available for download at ready.nmsu.edu, along with guidelines about where and how they should be posted by building managers. These will include reminders about the NMSU system’s COVID-19 Safety Commitment, rules and expectations regarding personal responsibility, checklists for self-monitoring of health and wellness, information about reporting a positive COVID-19 test, and other topics.

 


Face Coverings
(Updated: 07/28/20)

Wearing an appropriate face covering is just one aspect of our multi-pronged approach to help protect the safety and health of our NMSU community. They are also required by the NMDOH for anyone in a public space, with exceptions for eating, drinking, or swimming, or if otherwise advised by a health care provider. If wearing a face covering will adversely affect an employee’s safety or health, employees should contact EHS&RM or the Aggie Health and Wellness Center for additional guidance. Vending machines across campus will be stocked with face coverings, other protective equipment, and supplies.

If more than one person is in a university vehicle, all people in the vehicle must wear a courtesy face covering. This includes open-air utility vehicles.

The Purchasing Department has ordered unbranded reusable face coverings that meet CDC standards for all faculty and staff. These will be distributed to each college and division. Face coverings with NMSU logos are available from approved suppliers for promotional and marketing activities. Procurement cards may be used for all orders. For other supplies not mentioned above, please contact Jason Sandoval at jasonsa@nmsu.edu or at 575-646-7708.