Safety precautions to protect students, employees and visitors
Higher education is considered an essential service under Governor Inslee’s ‘Stay at Home’ order. Limited instructional activity in lab settings is permitted under the order, as long as safety protocols are followed. Protocols must include: hygiene; social distancing; and cleaning and sanitation.
Safety and Social Distancing Classification
Before any laboratory activity (e.g., instruction, practice, simulation, assessment, competency) can occur with students on campus, programs must organize each activity according to the following classification scheme and prepare to perform activities using social distancing where possible and with appropriate PPE and other safety measures outlined herein and in accordance with standards for the individual profession or field.
|Class||Definition of Activity|
|I||Activities that students may practice at home (e.g., stethoscope competency, basic vital signs, surgical gowning/gloving) Encourage students to practice these skills at home, where possible, to avoid close contact on campus.|
|II||Activities that are possible with social distancing and no modification|
|III||Activities that are possible with social distancing and modification (e.g., performance on manikins and/or other training devices as oppose to individuals)|
Note: Please consider the feasibility of modification (e.g., space, equipment, supplies, faculty, timeframe) in view of accreditation standards and advisory committee members as needed.
On-Campus Simulation/Skills Lab Process
The T-Building entry point is the SE entrance accessed by ramp from parking lots 6 (employee) and 8 (student).
Lab Check-in Health Questionnaire
Student should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled class time to have their temperature taken and complete a health screening using the following questionnaire. Signage will indicate 6-foot distance for students to wait for health screening. One student at a time will be screened.
Must Be Completed:
☐Yes ☐No Do you have a fever (100.4F or higher), or sense of having a fever?
☐Yes ☐No Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
☐Yes ☐No Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
☐Yes ☐No Do you have a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
☐Yes ☐No Do you have new muscle aches (myalgias) that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
Additional Questions Per New CDC Guidelines:
☐Yes ☐No Do you have Headache
☐Yes ☐No Do you have Diarrhea
☐Yes ☐No Do you have Chills
☐Yes ☐No Do you have Repeated shaking with chills
☐Yes ☐No Do you have New loss of taste or smell
- If “YES” was answered to any question the instructor should be contacted to review screening results.
To determine participation in labs, the following DOH health check recommendations should be followed:
- If “Yes” was answered to any question, the program director/coordinator should be contacted to review screening results.
- If the answer is still “Yes” after program director/coordinator review, the student/faculty/staff member should be rescheduled for lab and medical follow-up should be recommended per DOH guidelines.
- Individuals may return following the CDC guidelines for how to discontinue home isolation.
- If the answer is “No” after program director/coordinator review, the student/faculty/staff member may attend lab as planned.
Lab Workflow Process
Labs should have designated Pre-entry, Entry, Main Lab, Debriefing, and Exit Areas.
- An area outside of the building should be designed for health check questionnaires and temperature scanning. The T-Building entry point is at the SE entrance accessed by ramp from parking lots 6 (employee) and 8 and 10 (student).
- COVID-19 supervisor doing health screening should use appropriate PPE (e.g., eye protection, face covering) and contact precautions.
- Disposable face coverings will be provided upon entering the Pre-entry Area for anyone without a personal face covering. Students/faculty/staff members may choose to wear a personal mask to campus if they wish.
- Each student/faculty/staff member will verbally respond to the health check questionnaire, followed by a temperature scan. Touchless thermometers will be used.
- An area near the entrance to the lab should be designated for hand washing and donning of additional PPE as necessary. For most labs, additional PPE will consist of eye protection and gloves.
- The large restrooms are the designated hand washing location for each floor: T115 and T116 on first floor; T210 and T211 on second floor; T310 and T311 on third floor.
- Public safety note: first floor restrooms will be locked until June, as the first floor classrooms will not be utilized in May.
- A minimum 20-second hand wash using DOH/CDC guidelines should be completed.
- All appropriate attire and PPE should be donned prior to entering the lab. PPE requirements are based on DOH/OSHA guidelines for medium exposure risk.
- Gloves: required for some labs, dispensed as needed.
- Eye protection: required
- Isolation gowns: specific skills where these are commonly used or when in close contact (<6 feet) with other students/faculty/staff members. Isolation gowns not required during Phase 1 as social distancing will be in effect.
Main Lab Area:
- The main lab area should be designated for lab-related activities only and include the following features.
- Individual student designated areas outlined with industrial floor tape that always provides a minimum of 6 feet between students
- Designated areas for students to sit, stand, or otherwise wait for their turn
- Curtains/dividers between areas when possible
- Increased air movement through ventilation system and/or placement of fans as recommended by the DOH
- Instruments, equipment, and/or supplies required for lab activities organized in individual student areas without the need for students to leave the main lab area and/or access supply closets or cabinets
- Class I-III lab activities (see above) will be done using social distancing and with related modification as necessary.
- Individual student designated areas in lab will be used for debriefing when possible.
- If the lab space does not facilitate debriefing with social distancing, an alternative classroom where students can be 6 feet apart may be used.
- An area should be designated for students to remove disposable PPE and wash their hands. Face coverings should be left on until students are no longer in any public space.
- An open garbage container should be provided for disposable PPE and disposable supplies used during the lab activity.
The following additional information may be applicable to skills/simulation labs.
- Students are encouraged not to bring items with them that cannot be kept on their person during lab. If needed lockers are available for storage of items prior to entering the main lab area. Items can be removed after completing/exiting the lab. BC faculty and staff are not responsible for items left in lockers or other areas.
- Students may leave lab to use the restroom. Masks and eye protection should be retained.
- Upon returning to lab, students will enter through the designated area. Additional PPE, such as gloves if required by the work being done, will be re-donned.
- Lab/simulation activities will be scheduled as needed to accommodate program and course learning outcomes. Schedules may not allow time for breaks or lunches.
- As needed or permitted, breaks should be taken following the procedures for entry and exit from the Main Lab Area.
- No student break or lunch area inside the facility will be provided. Students are encouraged to take breaks in private areas such as a car.
Rescheduled Lab Days:
- Specific dates and times for rescheduled labs will be established by each program and communicated to students via Canvas.
- Students must complete rescheduled labs per course, program, and/or college policies.
- An incomplete or failing grade may be issued to students who do not complete rescheduled labs per course, program, and/or college policies.
Standard Cleaning/Safety Preparation:
The following applies to daily use of spaces. This does not apply if COVID-19 precautions needed; separate protocols would be used.
- Custodial staff will clean and disinfect high touch areas throughout the day.
- End-users (typically students) will regularly clean their work areas.
- Individual designated student areas and related equipment
- Manikin, simulator, or other training device
- Reusable supplies (will be handled with gloves and placed in a designated cleaning area to be appropriately disinfected)
- Debriefing Area tables, chairs, and other touched areas/items/furniture
References and Additional Information
1. Recommended Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Screening of Employees and Visitors
3. Face Cloth Coverings
The DOH recommends cloth face coverings when in public settings where maintaining 6 feet of distance from others is not possible.
4. Temperature 100.4 or higher
5. Hand Washing
6. Medium Exposure Risk
The DOH recommends OSHA 3990-03-2020 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 for information on the type of PPE that should be provided. 2020 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
7. Industrial Tape
Blue painters’ tape could be used for temporary identification of individual student lab areas. Possible issues may include the need for continuous checking for trip hazards and difficulty cleaning. The use of industrial floor marking tape provides a safe area that can be cleaned appropriately. Other ways to separate areas may also be considered.
Last Updated May 19, 2020