HR provides guidance about face covering regulation

Stock image of UO researcher in lab wearing mask

Guidance for University of Oregon employees about the face covering regulation has been provided by the Office of Human Resources.

“Knowing the face coverings regulation is only the beginning of the process. Taking action through our behavior is how we truly safeguard ourselves, our community and achieve results to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as other illnesses,” said Mark Schmelz, chief human resources officer.

The UO has implemented several strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. These strategies, to name a few, include requiring face coverings and physical distancing, requiring employees, students and others to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms and encouraging regular hand washing.

The university follows guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Lane County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when setting workplace safety precautions and implementing UO safety regulations. These regulations will be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves.

The employee guidance outlines what employees can do to contribute to UO prevention efforts and abide by the face coverings regulation. It also shares suggestions for responding should an employee encounter someone on campus without a mask.

The HR guidance also focuses on supervisors’ responsibilities and expectations for implementing and reinforcing the face coverings regulations within their teams. It outlines what supervisors need to know and how to respond when they encounter situations that require action.

“Supervisors play a vital role in the successful implementation of this prevention strategy through their regular interactions with employees and their opportunities to provide guidance, reminders and positive reinforcement,” Schmelz said.

Visit the UO coronavirus website for the latest information regarding the university’s response to COVID-19 and additional resources.