Orange Coast College is making personal protective equipment accessible throughout campus as part of its COVID-19 safety measures. The school will expect a full return of students during the spring semester.
According to the Coast Community College District’s COVID-19 Prevention Program, the college will provide surgical masks for employees, students and visitors. The district’s COVID-19 prevention program aims to control exposure to COVID-19 and is compliant with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
âAt the start of the semester, when we received a list of all the classrooms that were going to be occupied,â said OCC Director of Human Resources Rebecca Morgan. âMaintenance and operations delivered disposable masks, hand sanitizers, wipes and disinfectant spray to each. ”
If an OCC staff member needs more personal protective equipment, they can complete an automatic request form for maintenance and operations or make a request at their respective division offices.
âAs long as you are a staff member, professor, or work anywhere on campus, you can submit a request through the FootPrints job ordering system,â said Rick Garcia, director of maintenance and operations at OCC.
The school initially purchased personal protective equipment through the Higher Education Emergency Fund. Additionally, the California Office of Emergency Systems (OES) was looking to distribute as much PPE as possible to schools.
âCal OES gave us an additional $ 70,000 of personal protective equipment,â Garcia said.
Garcia also says 800,000 masks were handed out on campus as some students and faculty returned for the fall semester.
âWe do our best to make sure we don’t restrict anyone in personal protective equipment. If they ask for it, we’ll deliver it in abundance because we want to make sure people are safe, and that helps us do fewer distributions, âGarcia said.
The school delivers triple the number of masks requested by faculty members to ensure they are stored for a long time.
âWe’re all family here at OCC,â Garcia said. âWe do what we have to do to take care of each other. ”