Daily Health Checks
A daily health check to report body temperature and health status will be required for all faculty, staff and students each day they intend to be on Ohio State’s campuses. This daily check will be reported through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.edu (link is external). The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center employees should continue to use the health system’s health monitoring tool. Employees who do not meet the established guidelines will not be permitted to report to work.
The Health Reporting Process is as follows:
Masks / Facial Coverings
When inside Pomerene Hall, masks must be worn. Masks must be put on before entering the building and in all interior spaces (including shared office spaces, bathrooms, and hallways). Exceptions for indoor settings include single occupancy of a dedicated office. Masks also must be worn in outdoor spaces.
The university has compiled additional guidance regarding alternative masks, cleaning cloth face coverings and respectful mask compliance on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes Personal Protection and Hygiene page.
If you arrive on campus without a mask, TDAI will have a very small supply of spare masks for staff and affiliates.
Occupancy Limits (all rooms)
Per university guidance, all rooms will be restricted to roughly 25-50% density (furniture layout impacts capacity). Below is a list of the allowed number of occupants in each room:
Appropriate accommodations should be made to promote physical distancing (alternative staffing models, remote work, alternating days/weeks or staggered arrivals and departures).
Security and Safety
Most of TDAI’s spaces – including offices and labs in residence – will now hold classes through Monday through Friday. The main spaces of 300, 301, 320, and 350 will be open access to accommodate these classes from roughly 7 am – 9 pm daily.
Recognizing that this may present both safety and security issues for those working on site, we have made the following modifications:
In addition to full first aid kits in rooms 175 and 300, TDAI has placed band aids in the Pomerene Lactation Room (next to the ladies’ restroom on the third floor).
Everyone should empty their office desk-side trash and recycling bins into centrally located containers (large silver containers in the main hallways) in order to limit foot traffic. Individual trash cans will not be emptied by housekeeping.
In accordance with University guidance, all bathrooms in Pomerene Hall will be limited to 1 person at any time. Bathrooms are located down the hall from the elevator on floors 1-3.
Pomerene Atrium, Hallways, and Common Areas
Everyone should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space — indoor or outdoor — wherever possible. Furniture in common areas have been being marked, arranged or removed to support safety practices, including physical distancing.
Those who are able are advised to use stairs instead of elevators to support physical distancing. If you must use the elevator in Pomerene, do not enter if there are two people in the elevator.
Sanitation & Cleaning Schedules
Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used. Bottles of hand sanitizer will be placed in each TDAI office, conference room, and lab in residence, for your convenience. Please keep the sanitizer in each room for the safety and ease of others.
Several kitchen areas within TDAI have been closed to better maintain safety and social distancing given the transition of rooms 301, 320, and 350 into classrooms. Lab in residence members can access microwaves, fridges, and sinks in either the 175 suite or in room 370 (please see a TDAI staff member in 300 or 175 to access 370, as it will be locked) to provide greater safety and security.
Reserving Meeting Rooms
Please continue to use the regular room reservation process, located here: https://tdai.osu.edu/facility/. Most inquiries are handled the same day, but please allow up to 2 business days for a reservation confirmation.
When you arrive at Pomerene for your reserved meeting, please check-in with TDAI staff in room 300 in order for the meeting room to be unlocked. Due to the decreased space available for use, preference for reservations will be given to the TDAI Labs in Residence, Leadership Team, and Core Faculty (hires).
Furniture in the rooms above has not be moved out. Rather, signs will be posted in each room with both the maximum occupancy and directing folks to appropriately distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will also be placed in each room.