COVID-19 CFAES Employee Resources

This CFAES Employee Safety page will serve to list work procedures or guildines, reinforce existing work safety protocols, and provide resources to reduce COVID-19 risks by implementing administrative or engineering controls.
Resources for guidance on expectations for employees reporting to the workplace are listed below.
Please abide by the following requirements, which will be strictly enforced.
Critical personnel list – individuals listed on the CFAES Critical Personnel list are issued a letter to carry with them indicating CFAES has designated their work as critical. The letter includes pertinent information for employees should they encounter local law enforcement or university officials inquiring about their need to travel or be on campus.
As designated critical personnel, you are reminded:
  • Daily health check-in for employees reporting to the workplace.
  • For lab spaces, no more than two individuals may be present where the work is being conducted and they must maintain appropriate social distance. Limit to one person if at all possible.
  • For outside research projects, keep number of individuals to a minimum where the work is being conducted and they must maintain appropriate social distance and PPE requirements required for work tasks, as well as COVID-19 requirements.
  • No more than one person per vehicle if travel is required to complete the work. 
  • All necessary PPE must be utilized, including provisions for washing or sanitizing hands, equipment, tools, etc.  PPE will be catergorized into two groupings: COVID-19 protection and work task protection.  If you do not have all necessary PPE, the work cannot be done.
  • Minimize time on campus or in any buildings, greenhouses, shops, and barns. Complete approved task and return to working at home immediately,
  • Conduct all meetings virtually,
  • Minimize contact between persons,
  • Initiate enhanced cleaning procedures in the lab and other work areas,
  • Maintain an updated log of everyone who works in the lab, greenhouse, or field,
  • Perform data analysis, writing, and other tasks remotely,
  • Develop contingency plans for the proposed activities, taking into consideration personnel contact lists and plans, potential personnel absences and illnesses, and limited or delayed supply availability.
  • If approved activity involves work at an outlying research stations, research farms, or on the property of a private cooperator, make sure you coordinate in advance with those locations to ensure that all health and safety requirements can be maintained. 
University guidance related to Covid-19 can be at:
On-line required "Return to Campus" training from faculty and staff:
Complete the University required Buckeye Learn training “Returning to Campus Research Labs and Studios Training” prior to beginning any activities.  The course is available at:
Health Check
Beginning on Monday, June 22, all CFAES personnel will report your daily health status if you plan to be on our Columbus, Wooster, or Statewide Campus (e.g., Extension offices and research stations), doing field work, or interacting face-to-face with the community on behalf of Ohio State.
The steps to report are simple:
1.     Take your temperature.
2.     Log in to the health reporting tool via or the Ohio State app.
3.     Record your temperature and answer other health reporting questions.
4.     Receive your daily health passport. This passport is good during the day it was submitted. 
       RED = Stay home and contact your supervisor
       GREEN = Clear to come to campus
       YELLOW = Time to report your health check
As part of this pilot, our goal is to help refine the process. You may periodically be asked to provide feedback during the pilot period. I’d appreciate you taking the time to do so. You can learn more about the pilot, process, participants, and FAQs on the Health Reporting Pilot webpage.
Mask On / Masks Off Guidance
Updated guidance from the university on the wearing of masks includes:
Masks On
Masks are required in both public and common spaces within offices.
Masks Off
Masks can be removed when you are ALONE in your own personal offices with the door closed.
Masks are optional in outdoor spaces where 6-foot physical distancing can be achieved.
CFAES Employee Resources:
Additional Resources:
If you have any questions, please contact:
Seth Walker
      CFAES Director of Safety and Compliance
      Phone: 330-263-3665
Kent McGuire
      CFAES Safety & Health Coordinator
      Phone: 614-292-0588
David J. Drake, Sr.
     Environmental Safety Officer
     Phone: (330)202-3513 
Cassi Sewell
     Environmental Safety Officer
     Phone: (330)263-3663


Reviewed / Updated: 7/2/20 K. McGuire