Return to Campus Working
Information Updated: 28th May 2020
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The University's Draft Planning Framework for Teaching, Learning and Assessment during Autumn Trimester 2020 for consultation, as agreed by UMT on the 27th May 2020 can be accessed below (UCD Connect login and password required to access);
In line with the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business and Return To Work Safety Protocol, UCD has prepared a Return to Campus Working Covid 19 Response Plan. The purpose of this document is to provide all employees and researchers with details of the steps that are necessary to minimise the risk from Covid 19 during the return to campus working, and applies to those who will be returning to campus following implementation of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap.
During this period the following employees and researchers are permitted to return to University premises:
- Those who need to access their offices to prepare or distribute teaching materials
- Researchers who require access to laboratories / campus facilities for research continuity purposes
- Those employees and researchers engaged in Covid 19 research
- Those persons whose work is considered as essential as defined by the government
- Those persons whose present on campus is required to support the above categories
Where applicable the principles as outlined in the Response Plan also apply to those persons who need to reengage in fieldwork.
The principle that those employees that can work from home should continue to do so, and those persons in an at risk group should continue to work from home, still applies until otherwise advised.
At all times information on Covid 19 is available from the HSE
The Return to Campus Working Covid 19 Response Plan applies to those employees and researchers who will be returning to campus following implementation of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, and outlines the steps to be taken in advance of any return.
This document will be kept under review and will be updated as required and as and when public health advice necessitates.
All Employees and Researchers must adhere to the following;
- No person may access the campus if they are unwell or have been advised to self-isolate
- Before returning to Campus all persons must have explicit permission to do so and have completed Covid 19 Induction training
- Any application to return to campus must be made at least three days in advance
- When on campus such persons must adhere to the provisions of the Return to Campus Working Covid 19 Response Plan and current public health advice.
- All persons must Sign In / Out via the UCD online system every time they are present on site.
- Persons should seek guidance from their Local Covid 19 Coordinator or the SIRC Office if they are unsure of any workplace provisions in relation to Covid 19
1. Complete the Return to Campus Working Application through InfoHub for approval by your relevant ELG Line Manager at least three days in advance of the planned return to work. This form also requires;
- Confirmation of completion of the UCD Covid 19 Induction Training (see section below)
- For Higher Risk Work completion and submission of a Task Specific Covid 19 Risk Assessment (See further information in section below Covid 19 Work Risk Assessment)
2. The relevant ELG member reviews the form and (1) approves the return to work, providing details of Work Pod assignment, where relevant, and confirmation of their approved working times on site or (2) Approval is not given.
3. If approved, the applicant can attend campus to work, and when doing so must sign in / sign out for every visit and adhere to all Covid 19 precautions.
Advice for approvers is available in the Guide for Managers Reviewing Applications to Return to Work on Campus
Before returning to Campus all persons must have explicit permission to do so and have completed the UCD Covid 19 Induction Training.
This is a 15 minute presentation available to view on Brightspace
Steps to accessing UCD Covid 19 Induction Training on Brightspace:
1. Go to https://brightspace.ucd.ie/ and login using your UCD Connect login and password
2. Click on 'Explore' on header options
3. Select the 'Return to Campus Working; UCD Covid 19 Induction Training'
4. Select option to 'Enroll in Course'
5. Select option to 'Open Course'
6. Select 'My Learning' from header options
7. 'UCD Covid 19 Induction Training' will appear under learning materials on the left hand side of the screen.
UCD High Level Covid 19 Risk Assessment
A high-level assessment of the risk from Covid 19 whilst working in UCD has identified three levels of risk and a list of the control measures required to reduce the risk to as low a level as practicable. All persons returning to campus must categorise the risk associated with their work as Low Risk, Acceptable Risk or Higher Risk. See Appendix 1 of the Return to Campus Working Covid 19 Response Plan and outlined below.
In the event of Higher Risk Work you will need to complete and submit a Task Specific Covid 19 Risk Assessment with your Return to Campus Working Application. This is work that involves tasks with a potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of Covid 19 or where persons are required to engage in Higher Risk Contact.
Anyone undertaking work involving the deliberate use of SARS-CoV-2 or handling specimens from known or suspected Covid 19 patients may need Regulatory approval. Further advice can be sought from the SIRC Office.
UCD Risk Assessment Templates
The SIRC Office has updated its' existing risk assessment templates with a section to assess the Covid 19 risks from other persons and the environment, but not from handling Covid 19 material. Handling Covid 19 material must be assessed via a UCD Biological Agents Risk Assessment Template.
A key component in the management of the Covid 19 risk in UCD as the University is reoccupied is based around the formation of ‘Work Pods’ and the associated changes in working practices.
Government advice to date has been for citizens to, in so far as possible, limit their close contacts to family / household groupings. The reasons for this advice are twofold, (i) to minimise the number of persons with whom an individual has close contact with, and (ii) to consequently minimise the number of others that an infected person could in theory infect. This same concept is being applied to the reoccupation of UCD as the Covid 19 emergency measures begin to unwind.
Managers in consultation with each other and their teams are required to develop working practices and structures that allow for the development of Working Pods of no more than 6 persons who can engage in Low or Acceptable Risk work and whose close contacts are restricted to persons within their designated Working Pod.
Restricting close contacts at work to the limited number of persons in your Work Pod both helps reduce the risk of infection and in the event that an infection does arise within the Work Pod allows for more rapid contact tracing and testing. Consequently persons can only belong to one Work Pod and cannot move between pods.
For the Work Pod model of Covid 19 risk management to succeed all persons have to adhere to the restrictions placed upon their Work Pod and adhere to best infection control practises as published by the HSE. The success of the Work Pod in limiting Covid 19 risk when at work is dependent on all persons behaving in a responsible manner and adhering to best practice advice at all times.
Persons must only come to work at the times that have been agreed with their Line Manager and other Work Pod members. An ad hoc approach to workplace attendance by Work Pod members is not appropriate at this time, structure is needed around attendance at the workplace. The only exception to this is where an individual can work in a solitary capacity (i.e. Low Risk) when on campus. Such persons can be considered as working in a Work Pod of one.
A single Work Pod may contain members from across different teams and Units, hence it is vital that Line Managers consult with each other when developing their Pods.
Members of a single Work Pod can share the same office or laboratory space, subject to physical distancing of at least 2m between each Work Pod member being in place. Only one Work Pod may occupy a space at any one time, except in the case of large spaces such as some laboratories and open plan offices where it may be possible for more than one Work Pod to occupy the space. However for this to occur there must be physical distancing between the members of different Work Pods of at least 10m and there must be no recirculation of used air within the space (if in doubt check with your Building Manager or Estates Services.
As outlined in the Return to Campus Working Covid 19 Response Plan, and once approval has been provided to attend campus to work, all persons must Sign In / Out via the UCD online system every time they are present on site.
This information will be used for contact tracing in the event of a case of Covid 19 on campus and for other safety and regulatory purposes related to the risk management of Covid 19.
This is mandatory for all persons working on campus and must be done for every visit to the campus.
Further details on the Sign In / Out system are available on the Estates Services website
At this time the use of gloves by the wider University community is not considered appropriate.
For those persons engaged in Low Risk work it is not considered at this time that the wearing of any PPE is necessary.
Those persons who are engaged in Acceptable Risk work in an office type environment do not need to wear PPE. However face coverings in the form of face shields will be made available to any person who wishes to use one.
Those persons engaged in Acceptable Risk working in a laboratory or similar type dynamic environment are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in the form of a face shield. It should be noted that face shields offer no impact protection and are not a substitute for eye protection, so where appropriate a face shield must be worn over safety glasses / goggles.
The use of face shield provides for a physical barrier between a wearers face and airborne droplets and also contain any droplets expelled by the wearer and are considered at this time to represent a better alternative to masks for workers in UCD. Face shields are relatively comfortable and can be worn for extended periods of time and can be washed regularly using soap and warm water and reused. Refer to guidance for Using Face Shields for details of how to wash your face shield
Face shields will be issued to any person who wishes to obtain one (contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your Local Covid 19 Coordinator).
For work that requires a task specific Covid 19 Risk Assessment additional PPE may be required; this should be detailed in the relevant risk assessment.
Covid 19 Lead Coordinators
Local Covid 19 Coordinator
An ELG Member may appoint a Local Covid 19 Coordinator, in particular if they manage a complex or work intensive area with multiple Work Pods. Research Facilities and Institutions and Schools and Units with a high level of group activity or requiring task specific risk assessment are strongly encouraged to appoint such a person.
Local Covid 19 Coordinators should take steps to ensure that there is adherence to best practice with respect to Covid 19 risk management across their area of responsibility. A Local Covid 19 Coordinator can also act as a conduit for employee queries in relation to Covid 19 to Senior Management and SIRC as required.
Coordinators can also take responsibility for obtaining supplies of hand sanitiser, face shields and other Covid 19 materials from Campus Services and distributing same across their designated areas. Full records must be kept of the distribution of these materials to include date of issue and name of recipient.
In the absence of a Local Covid 19 Coordinator the University’s Covid 19 Lead Coordinators will oversee workplace compliance and the implementation of Covid 19 risk control measures.
Advice for First Aid Responders
The guide is intended to provide some practical guidance and reassurance to First Aid Responders [FAR] in UCD.
To minimise risk, it is advised that all UCD First Aid Responders should avoid close contact with a person who may require first aid on campus, unless absolutely necessary or if Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available.
To request first aid assistance, persons should immediately contact the UCD 24-hour Emergency Line on Ext. 7999 or 01 716 7999 from a mobile.
The 7999 first aid responders have access to PPE and can respond to first aid requests.
Patients in cardiac arrest should have compression only CPR applied. Do not give mouth to mouth rescue breaths.
Call the UCD Emergency Line on ext. 7999 for assistance and use an AED as soon as possible. See locations of AED’s in UCD.
Further advice and information
UCD Response Plan and Return to Work Resources
UCD Return to Work Application (through InfoHub)
UCD Covid 19 Induction Training (through Brightspace, see access steps in section above)
UCD Campus Access Sign In / Sign Out (through Estate Services)
UCD Risk Assessments and Templates
UCD Guidance Documents
Using Face Shields (pdf)
Handwashing Poster (pdf)
HSE Hand Hygiene Poster (pdf)