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Do you have questions regarding campus and lab safety? Are you unsure what guidelines your team needs to follow as you return to campus? If so, email the Environmental Health & Safety team and we will respond within one business day.

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UAB Facilities has enhanced cleaning protocols for cleaning methods and frequency while using appropriate personal protective equipment. All UAB buildings remain on badge-access only.

UAB’s Environmental Services Specialists will be using the COVID-19 Prevention: Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols to ensure our campus is as clean and safe as possible.

On-going Cleaning

Many of the custodial services you have seen in the past in public spaces will continue as normal, including:

  • Daily or more often cleaning of restrooms, lobbies and break rooms
  • Dusting and vacuuming
  • Glass cleaning
  • Emptying and relining trash and recycling receptacles

Extra Cleaning and Sanitization

In addition to UAB’s standard cleaning, the Building Services department is using hospital-grade disinfectant products to sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as:

  • Door handles
  • Elevator buttons
  • Light switches
  • Chair arm rests
  • Handrails
  • Other areas

UAB is using disinfectant mist machines that increase the number of surfaces cleaned per hour and ensures hard-to-clean surfaces are disinfected.

Private Offices

As students and employees re-enter campus, private office spaces will need to be cleaned by the user(s). To allow for the time spent disinfecting in public areas, less time will be spent cleaning private office spaces. Other than a monthly vacuuming, Environmental Services Specialists will only be working in private office spaces when a specific work order is called into 4-WORK (205-934-9675) or submitted through our online system.

Once a work order is entered, the work will be scheduled and performed as a non-emergency work order. UAB Facilities will continue to respond and address emergency issues as in the past. The time saved not servicing private offices will enable Building Services to provide the safest, virus free environment possible. If you have any questions about your specific area, please call 4-WORK (205-934-9675) and ask to speak with a manager.

Shared Spaces

Protocols and practices for shared spaces, such as break rooms and kitchens, include: 

  • Common kitchen or eating areas will remain open.
  • Shared appliances can be used under these conditions:
    • Ice Machines must be automated to serve the ice, No “scoops” allowed for self-serve. If unable to retro-fit current machines, those will need to be disabled.
    • Discontinue use of water fountains except to dispense water to containers that is a touchless process.
    • Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and other appliances are allowed with the following expectations:
    • Disinfecting wipes will be available and each user is expected to disinfect after each use.
  • Proper social distancing will be expected in shared spaces.  The space will need to be controlled to facilitate social distancing, such as the number of chairs in a space, disinfectant wipes, sanitizer, etc.  
  • Mask will be required except while eating. 
  • Staff can enter the shared space long enough to use the shared space for immediate needs, while masked and then exit. In addition,eating areas should be limited to one at a time
  • Shared food or “pot luck” should be highly discouraged. For example, bringing in a box of donuts or baking a cake for all, should be discouraged. 

How You Can Help

  • Place waste receptacle in the corridor outside your office for it to be emptied and relined
  • Utilize office waste receptacles for food waste and wet trash to control odors
  • Use provided cleaners to sanitize office space (i.e., keyboards, desk space, doorknobs, phones, etc.)

Alternative Sanitation Materials

Due to current limitations of prepackaged sanitizing wipes, Facilities is offering the following interim guidance until wipes can be sourced:

  • We encourage employees to be mindful of their work surfaces and to minimize touching those items that are touched by others whenever possible.
  • Soap and water continue to be one of the best way to clean surfaces.
  • Paper towels or cloths with at least 70% alcohol can also be used to clean surfaces.
    • Use with care as these materials are highly flammable.
    • Paper towels or cloths wetted with alcohol MUST be laid out to dry before being put into the trash. This is important because of the flammability of the material. Once dry, the paper towels can be tossed in the trash.
  • Do NOT use a bleach solution and paper towels, as this can react to other cleaning products our team uses.
  • Use good hand hygiene when touching all surfaces and using hand sanitizer before and after use.
  • Facilities also has spray bottles of disinfectant available to areas that would like to do additional cleaning of touchpoints outside of UAB’s increased frequency.

Cleaning in Specific Campus Scenarios

Public Areas

Public areas will be cleaned 5 days per week.

  • Remove trash
  • Wipe down all touch points
  • Clean adjacent restrooms and monitoring throughout shifts
  • Disinfect waiting rooms and elevators
  • Clean entrances and glass
  • Disinfect with misting machine spray at least 2 times per week
  • Lounges/break rooms and conference rooms to be treated on continual basis

Classroom & Lecture Areas

Classrooms and lecture areas will be cleaned 5 days per week.

  • Remove trash
  • Vacuum at least 2 times per week
  • Disinfect desks, workstations and chairs
  • Disinfect using misting machines as possible


Labs will be cleaned 3 days per week.

  • Remove trash
  • Dust mopping
  • Damp mopping
  • Restock paper or soaps
  • Additional services, including use of disinfecting mist machine, available by request

Clinic Space

Clinic space will be cleaned 5 days per week.

  • Remove trash
  • Dust mopping
  • Damp mopping
  • Replenish soap and paper supplies
  • Disinfect all non-medical equipment touch points
  • Wipe counter tops/sinks, as requested
  • Additional services, including use of disinfecting mist machine, available by request

Non-Hospital Clinic Waiting Rooms

Non-hospital clinic waiting rooms will be cleaned 5 days per week.

  • Remove trash
  • Wipe down non-furniture touch points multiple times per day
  • Wipe down furniture touch points once per day. Additional cleaning of furniture touch points recommended to be performed by clinic staff several times daily.
  • Cleaning adjacent restrooms twice per day and monitoring throughout shifts
  • Vacuum/damp mop
  • Clean entrances and glass
  • Disinfect with misting machine spray at least 2 times per week


Stairwells will be cleaned 5 days per week.

  • Dust mopping
  • Wipe down touch points
  • High dusting, where possible


Main corridors will be cleaned 5 days a week.

  • Dust mopping
  • Spot damp mopping
  • Wipe down touch points
  • High dusting, where possible

Private Offices

Private offices will have limited service.

  • Once per month vacuuming
  • Remove trash, as needed – please place waste receptacle in corridor
  • For additional work, submit a work order request by calling 4-WORK (205-934-9675) or through our online system