BYU–Hawaii places the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, as well as our community. These safety measures are intended to assist departments and divisions with the implementation of specific measures to mitigate, limit, and slow the spread of the virus. They are also tailored to meet the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the most recent orders from the City & County of Honolulu (C&CH) and the State of Hawaii.
After a major disaster, the goal is to return our campus to normal operations in a safe manner, under favorable conditions, and as allowed by governing powers: university, state, and local government. It is important that we strictly follow the orders instituted by the state and the City and County of Honolulu. Campus Safety has prepared the following resources to aid departments in the reopening process:
Please follow the process detailed by the request instructions and the checklist. Questions and concerns can be sent to Campus Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All employees are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 training modules that are provided by the university through SafeColleges. Log in using your BYUH ID and password. Training modules can be found in the "Health" section of "Extra Trainings."
We recommend that all employees complete the following modules:
- Coronavirus Awareness (10 minutes)
- Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace (10 minutes)
- Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Making & Using Cloth Face Coverings (9 minutes
For more information, please contact Human Resources at (808) 675-3713.
COVID-19 signage is required to be posted at the entrance of all open facilities. Signs must inform customers and visitors to comply with local and statewide orders. In general, signs must include the following information:
- Non-medical grade face coverings/masks are required while inside the facility.
- Physical distancing is to be practiced while inside the facility.
- Anyone presenting the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, not feeling well) should not enter the facility.
- Physical contact (ex: hand shaking) is discouraged.
BYU–Hawaii Campus Safety, in coordination with University Communications, has produced a standard signage webpage for university functions. To know what kind of specific signage your area needs, consult the most recent order from the C&CH.
For more resources, visit the CDC's Communication Resources page.
Standard Safety Measures and Protocols
Each area is responsible for creating their own protocols based on their needs. In each case, individual protocols need to adhere to guidance from C&CH. The following are basic guidelines for all departments and divisions:
- Face coverings are to be worn which cover the mouth and nose when interacting with customers, visitors, and other employees. Specific exceptions to this can be found in Emergency Order No. 2020-23: Order 5.
- Social/physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between employee and students in workspaces/classrooms.
- Use of physical barriers as needed such as sneeze guards and partitions particularly in areas where social/physical distancing of at least six (6) feet is difficult.
- Keeping indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people or less.
- Discourage the sharing and use of other employee/students’ equipment and encourage they be wiped down after each individual’s use.
- Encourage good hand hygiene. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer are to be made available for employees, students and customers.
- Frequent cleaning/disinfecting/sanitizing of high touched surfaces. Use:
- Paper towels
- Encourage employees to maintain office cleanliness, clean counter spaces, and support of cleaning efforts on common surfaces. If additional cleaning is needed, please contact Campus Property Surfaces, (808) 675-5935.
- Encourage employees to do self-health checks prior to coming to work. Do not allow an employee to work if they have the following symptoms:
- Temperature of 100.4° or above
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- It is vital that employees understand the need to remain at home when feeling sick to help stop and limit the spread of the virus on campus. Encourage employees to stay away from others and seek medical attention as needed.
- Departments who feel the need to do temperature checks of their employees may contact the Campus Safety office (email@example.com) for further information and acquiring non-touch thermometers.
What to do if a person at your worksite/office/classroom has COVID-19
If a person with COVID-19 is identified at your worksite/office/classroom, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) will investigate to determine if the person was at work during their infectious period. BYU–Hawaii will collaborate contact tracing with the HDOH.
If yes, contact BYUH Health Services (808) 675-53510 and the Campus Safety office (808) 675-53411/x53281). HDOH will be notified and will ask the individual and/or supervisor to develop a list of close contacts at the worksite during their infectious period.
- Send individual home
- Supervisor please pay close attention to those within close proximity to the individual with COVID-19.
- Supervisor should keep identity of individual confidential.
Close contacts at the worksite/classroom are defined as being:
- Within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer,
- In direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on).
HDOH and/or BYUH contact tracers will call close contacts to inform them of the exposure. Close contacts:
- Must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after last contact with the person with COVID-19,
- Should call their usual health care provider if they develop symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) and inform them that they may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19,
- Respond immediately when HDOH staff or BYUH contact tracers contact them daily to monitor during quarantine, and notify HDOH if they develop symptoms.
For more information, visit the Hawaii Department of Health's What to Do if a Person at Your Worksite has COVID-19 page.
Cleaning and disinfection after a person with COVID-19 has been in the worksite/office/classroom
At any worksite that DOES NOT HOUSE PEOPLE OVERNIGHT:
- Close off areas visited by the ill person.
- Open outside doors and windows and use ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours or a long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
- Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas such as office, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment (e.g., tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls) used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
- Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
- If gowns are not available, coveralls, aprons, or work uniforms can be worn during cleaning and disinfecting. Washable clothing should be laundered afterwards.
- Clean hands after removing gloves, handling dirty laundry.
- If it has been more than 7 days since the person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
For more information, visit the CDC's Disinfecting Your Facility page.