An overview of our safety policy and details on our expectations for employees on face coverings, social distancing, hygiene, and more.
Employee safety standards
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All UI Health Care employees, students, learners, volunteers, and contractors in our facilities must wear face coverings at all times while in our facilities unless they are alone in a private office.
Face shields are required to be worn at all times by all employees, students, learners, volunteers, and contractors. Your face shield is your first line of defense.
In addition, employees must wear a face covering when entering or exiting a UI Health Care facility. Employees may wear their face shield and/or a medical-grade or cloth mask as they enter and exit. If an employee does not have a covering, one will be provided.
Employees who have face-to-face patient contact (within six feet) or who work in patient-facing areas should use medical-grade face masks in addition to their face shields. These medical-grade masks will be made available in the clinical areas.
Social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet apart) should be practiced at all times (even when wearing your face shield/mask!).
You should wash your hands often (with hand sanitizer or soap and water) and avoid touching your face. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout campus.
In clinical settings:
- Keep arms bare below the elbows in order to avoid sleeve contamination. This means that there should be nothing on your forearms, including wrist jewelry and watches. If you wear a long-sleeved shirt, roll up the sleeves.
- Neckties, scarves, and long necklaces should not be worn.
- Tie or clip up long hair.
- Wipe down your stethoscope after each use.
Make sure that you’re taking extra care to keep your work spaces and high-touch items (like your phone, keyboard, mouse, badge, etc.) clean.
Shared work spaces should be cleaned before and after use.
Be mindful of your own health. Take your temperature twice daily, and do not come into work if you have the following symptoms. Instead, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631. Please do not arrive in person unless you’ve been told to do so for follow-up.
Any of these symptoms:
- Fever of 100.0° F or greater
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Unexplained muscle pain or body aches
Staff are expected to pass through a health screening before entering a UI Health Care facility. Your temperature will be taken to detect fever and you’ll be asked several questions.