Natalie Davis Miller | July 20, 2020
Building Services staff have spent the past several months preparing campus buildings and facilities for students, faculty and staff to return this fall.
“We’re doing everything we can to make it safe for people to be here and be able to stay here,” says Chris Hatfield, senior director of Building Services, the department responsible for providing custodial services to campus buildings.
In preparation for the influx of people, 21 supervisor-led teams are working through the day and night, using a variety of electrostatic sprayers, pressurized and trigger sprayers and wipers to disinfect all areas. Over 7,500 gallons of hand sanitizer has been procured, and will be deployed all over campus — including in residence halls, building entrances, classrooms, and in office spaces.
“We mostly clean with a neutral cleaner — soap and water — to remove the dirt. This mechanical action will end up killing and removing a lot of germs. But then we follow up with a disinfectant spray,” Hatfield said. He explains that they may disinfect a room or surface several times in a day, but a daily “wipe down” improves these disinfecting efforts.
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